The man who brought the first Christmas tree to England will be remembered on Saturday when a special gift from his home town in Germany is unveiled in the centre of Windsor.

The man was Prince Albert - the Queen's great great grandfather.

To celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, his home town of Coburg in Germany has presented Windsor with a 40ft tall Nordmann fir similar to the one first brought to England and popularised by Albert and his wife Queen Victoria in the 1840s.

It even grew in the same forest as that first tree.

Coburg officials are decorating the centrepiece with hundreds of handmade glass baubles and lights designed to mimic the traditional candles that would have graced the original festive tree brought over by Albert.

A delegation from Coburg will join the Royal Borough's Mayor Cllr Sayonara Luxton and Anthea Turner - one of the stars at this year's Theatre Royal pantomime in Windsor - this Saturday to unveil the tree at 5pm behind the Queen Victoria statue in Castle Hill.

It will be followed on by the switching on of this year's Christmas lights at 5.30pm.

Earlier a lantern procession will begin at Windsor Royal Shopping, passing through the town to arrive at Castle Hill.

Royal Borough mayor Cllr Sayonara Luxton, said: “The celebrations in our borough in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday have been spectacular so far and I cannot think of a more fitting way to help round off the year.

“The tree will make a beautiful centrepiece to the wider festivities throughout the borough and is a wonderful example of how this time of year can bring everyone together. I would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to our generous friends in Coburg and wish them a very merry Christmas.”

To compliment the Christmas lights, Windsor Castle will have projections shining onto it throughout the Christmas season based on designs from pupils at the town's schools.

More than 150 performers will appear on stage in front of the castle during Saturday's event, including the Royal Free Singers.