Next week, the monarch will spend her first Christmas without her late husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99. As the rise of the Omicron variant continues in the UK, the Royal Family may choose not to meet in Norfolk as they got used to it before COVID-19.
While government restrictions don’t prevent families from reuniting for Christmas, the Queen could choose to “set a good example,” according to The Telegraph.
A source told the newspaper that “all options are still being explored” regarding the festivities.
According to official government figures, 90,418 new people had a positive test result confirmed yesterday, which means a 44.4% increase in infections from the previous seven days.
They added that a possible scenario would be for the Queen to stay at Windsor Castle like she did last year.
Another possibility would be a smaller family Christmas in the Norfolk estate, as usual, but without supporters being invited to gather outside Sandringham as per tradition.
The Queen has spent almost every Christmas in her life at Sandringham. Usually, she stays there until February 6, the anniversary of her father’s death.
The Queen will also have to reconsider the annual visit to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, which could be a super spreading event of the virus.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte have already joined their parents for the service, while Prince Louis is said to have made his debut this year.
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The pre-Christmas meal usually brings together children, grandchildren, cousins and other extended family members before the Queen leaves for Sandringham, her country estate in Norfolk, where she celebrates the holiday with his immediate family.
According to PA Media, plans have been put in place for Christmas lunch at Windsor Castle next Tuesday.