On Christmas Eve, the Duke took a trip out into the Charnwood Hills with the Duchess, Lady Eleanor and a small escort. The trip is a traditional annual affair to gather holly, bracken and pine branches with which to decorate the Ducal residence.
The party arrive at Broombriggs Farm, which is overlooked by the 2nd highest peak in Charnwood; Beacon Hill. From there, they walk up to Windmill Hill from where magnificent views over the Duchy can be enjoyed. Beyond in the hazy distance, on a clear day, the menacing Electorate of Belvoir can just be discerned…
Then it was time to return home to decorate the Duke’s household within the Grace Dieu Estate with all the gathered greenery. Grand families from across the Duchy attended a very fine banquet which ended in a rousing game of “Up, Jenkins!” followed by hearty carol singing.
The festivities concluded with a short toast by the Duke in which he warmly declared “God bless us, every one!”