Queen Charlotte brought her family's festive holiday yule bough from Germany to England. While planning a Christmas Day party in 1800 at Windsor Castle for over 100 children, she realized a single bough isn't enough. So she brought in the whole tree instead, making it the first known Christmas Tree in England. This story tells a little known fact about a favorite holiday tradition.
Did you know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, chose Queen Charlotte's birthday for their wedding date and Windsor Castle, where she is buried, as their wedding site? Check out this fascinating story on history.com about Queen Charlotte and Meghan Markle.
A MIGHTY GIRL’S 2018 BOOKS OF THE YEAR selection: “This charming story, with warm illustrations, will quickly become a holiday favorite.”
THE HORN BOOK HOLIDAY HIGH NOTES 2018: . “Based on the real-life events that brought the Christmas tree to Britain, the approachable text emphasizes Charlotte’s generosity, concern for children’s welfare, and lifelong love of nature. Soft-lined illustrations in a muted palette portray a humble and relatable queen who is happiest amidst children or in her gardens.”
“Simple prose and light watercolors keep this retelling of historical events within the understanding of children who like a good princess story.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This lighthearted narrative is paired with textured, colorful, and palette-perfect drawings to tell of a generous queen and the beginning of one of the most cherished Christmas traditions.” — Foreword Review
“This piece of history reads like a story, and the charming pictures add to the fairy-tale feel. But, as the author's note reveals, this is history—a little-known piece of it. There are many holiday picture books, but few are nonfiction, making this a worthy addition to Christmas shelves.” — Booklist
“Charlotte’s enduring legacy spread from England to the United States and continues today. Delicate full-bleed illustrations done in a muted palette give the story an old-fashioned feel. A brief biography of Queen Charlotte is included as well as a list of further reading on the topic. VERDICT This additional purchase can teach young students about the origin of the Christmas tree as well as biographical information about this nature-loving monarch.” — School Library Journal
“Based on the real-life events that brought the Christmas tree to Britain, the approachable text emphasizes Charlotte’s generosity, concern for children’s welfare, and lifelong love of nature. Soft-lined illustrations in a muted palette portray a humble and relatable queen who is happiest amidst children or in her gardens.”—The Horn Book