The Queen was tonight forced to cancel her traditional family Christmas at Sandringham amid fears over a spike in Covid cases.
After ‘careful consideration’ the monarch will remain at Windsor Castle for the festive period and will be visited by family members there, a royal source revealed.
The 95-year-old had hoped to spend the first Christmas since Prince Philip’s death surrounded by her loved ones at the Norfolk estate that she and her late husband love so dearly.
But as omicron cases continue to increase across the country, it emerged the Queen had made the ‘personal’ decision to stay at Windsor.
The arrangement mirrors that made last year, when she and Philip spent their final Christmas together at Windsor before his death in April. The Royals have made Sandringham their base for Christmas and New Year since 1988, with the Queen traditionally returning to London or Windsor on the anniversary of her father’s death on February 6.
But this year’s celebrations have been curtailed in a bid to protect the triple-vaccinated Queen from coronavirus. Last week it was announced that the large pre-Christmas family meal she hosts for dozens of people at Windsor would not go ahead.
And yesterday she avoided going to church in Windsor – and is likely not to attend services on Christmas Day itself, instead worshipping privately.
She had been due to travel to Norfolk on Wednesday but will no longer make the journey. She will receive visitors at Windsor and ‘appropriate guidelines will be followed’, the royal source added.
It has not yet been confirmed where the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be spending Christmas.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Stephen Wynn-Davies