You would think that the British royal family has more than enough money to buy their own Christmas tree. But the Queen Elizabeth II has been sent a huge tree by her hometown of Coburg, Germany which was delivered by Mercedes.
That’s right, the Queen of England is German. She wasn’t born there, but her family is originally from Germany. It was only when war broke out with Germany in 1914 that the family name was changed from the Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the much more British-sounding Windsor.
And it is at Windsor Castle that the tree will be displayed. It was delivered earlier this week and will be unveiled outside the Castle at the weekend.
It was brought by a 449 horsepower (330 kilowatt) Mercedes Actros 1845 LS BigSpace L semi-truck run by the auto giant’s in-house CharterWay rental agency. The 39-foot (12 meters) tree was collected from the Callenberg Forest in central Germany, which is managed by the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family. 2,000 handmade glass baubles were stacked up in the trailer, as well.
Queen Elizabeth’s great-great grandfather, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, is credited with introducing the Christmas tree to England in 1848.
Mercedes spokesman Christian Scleicher said: “It is a great honor for CharterWay to be permitted to transport this precious load. Coburg approached us due to our many years of contact with the Callenberg Forest. We have ourselves been selecting beautiful trees from there for years for the showrooms of our company-owned sales and service outlets.”