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I'd never heard that before but perhaps it was a custom on the continent before being introduced to Britain & Ireland by Prince Albert and then further afield?
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The custom of decorating trees for Christmas is very old in the Germanic, Baltic and West Slavic parts of Europe. It's believed to originate in pagan traditions and also comes down to the fact that in the warm, crowded and unclean houses you needed something to freshen things up with during the winter time. At first it could be any kind of tree or greens but eventually with start in Germany it became most common to use a Christmas tree. Since Marie Lezcscynska was Polish she could've been brought up in the tradition of Christmas trees and apparently took it with her to France.
The custom was widespread in Protestant parts of Germany in the late 1700s and from what I've read on Wikipedia it was Queen Charlotte that put up the first Christmas tree in Britain during a party in the year 1800 and apparently Queen Victoria mentions them in her childhood diaries but it wasn't until she married Prince Albert that the custom became more widespread among the middle class.

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Queen Marie de' Medici commissioned Peter Paul Rubens to create 24 tableaux for the decoration of the two galleries in the Luxembourg Palace in 1621.
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King Louis XIII appointed a regency council for his son, Louis XIV so that his wife, Anne of Austria would not be able to govern alone. Within a short period of Louis XIII's demise, Anne called upon the Parlement de Paris to abolish the council and have herself named as sole regent.
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