The striking tree takes two hours to hoist by an army of people in the grand Saloon at the Jacobean estate.
Countess of Carnarvon, who owns the castle, told the Express: ‘White lights are draped around the tree first, before baubles and little figures are hung off branches.’
It is the same as the traditional tree in Trafalgar Square and cut down two days earlier then left to dry in one of the barns.
The gardeners help, alongside Simon, Tom and Terry from the farm, to perfectly prop it in the opulent room designed for the 4th Earl by Thomas Allom in 1860s.
But being fixed in a three-legged stand means it can prove tricky and pivots as it is hauled upright.
Sally usually stands at the back, directing operations while the Countess is sent up the tall ladders with hooked sticks to reach the high branches with more decorations, she revealed to Weekend Magazine.
Lights should be put on first as they give the home-owner a better idea of how to develop the design and figure where the ‘holes’ are.
And there are a whopping 79 Christmas trees at Highclere, according to Lady Carnarvon.
Meanwhile Jane Briggs, a stylist at Alexander James Interiors, has advised people to use artificial trees as their quality has vastly improved.
The Mary Berry of tree decorating also suggests using feathers or natural twigs to fill up the tree. Spray them gold or silver, before ‘poking’ them into the Christmas tree.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Phoebe Eckersley