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A Royal Christmas Tree - home delivered

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A Royal Christmas Tree - home delivered

Ian Kerr

The Christmas Tree chez Postal Hub is a decades-old plastic tree that leans to one side. It has served us well. But maybe, after I've published yet another post about Mercedes-Benz, they'll send me a genuine fir tree sourced from a royal forest in Bavaria, Germany.

Loading the tree

Loading the tree

A 12 metre tall Tannenbaum, lopped from Callenberg Forest - a 350 hectare wood that is part of the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha family estate - has been delivered to Windsor Castle to help Queen Elizabeth II celebrate Christmas.

It's a gift to the Queen from the people of Coburg. Her Royal Highness was not required to sign for the tree on delivery.

How festive is this shade of silver?

How festive is this shade of silver?

The tree was transported in a Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845 LS, painted "festive silver". No word on how they chose the shade of silver that could be considered "festive".

Sharing the trailer with the tree were 2000 handmade baubles. That works out at 166 baubles per metre of tree. Meanwhile, chez Postal Hub, we have about 40 baubles, many of which are not broken, that we hang on our plastic Christmas tree. We also have tinsel. And some very old pine cones.

The royal baubles were made in Lauscha, a town renowned for its glassblowing.

Attaching one of these baubles to the Postal Hub's plastic tree would make it fall over

Attaching one of these baubles to the Postal Hub's plastic tree would make it fall over

To transport the tree, branches were tied together using tensioning straps to a maximum width of 2.5m. The baubles were packed in cardboard boxes (just like we do at home) and were stored in the trailer along with a separate box including the decoration for the top of the tree.

The total load weighed about two tonnes.

No word on what happens to the tree or the baubles once the Christmas period is over. 

Unloading the tree at Windsor Castle. Is it bad luck to erect a Christmas Tree so early?

Unloading the tree at Windsor Castle. Is it bad luck to erect a Christmas Tree so early?

As you can see, the tree was transported in a tri-axle curtainsider semitrailer with a sliding soft top. This allowed the baubles to be unloaded from the side and the tree to be plucked out using a crane.

Representatives of Mercedes-Benz should contact me via the contact form below to arrange delivery of the Postal Hub's new Christmas tree. Maximum two metres tall, please.

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