Heartbreak for Queen: Hallowed royal tradition likely to be missed on 70th year of reign

Queen wants to 'embrace everybody' for Jubilee says expert

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Throughout her reign, the Queen has typically marked the anniversary of her father King George VI’s death at Sandringham. The monarch’s annual tradition involves remaining at the estate after Christmas until February 6.

She typically keeps the Christmas decorations up until after this date, as it marks the anniversary of her father’s death.

King George VI died at Sandringham in 1952, when Her Majesty was just 25 years old.

At the time, she was on a trip to Kenya with Prince Philip.

The couple had been due to travel on to Australia and New Zealand, but the final stages of the tour were cancelled.

This year – for the second year in a row – the Queen has been forced to remain at Windsor Castle over the festive period amid rising coronavirus cases.

This means she is likely to miss out on the tradition to honour her father’s death.

But as there is no lockdown in place this year, there is a chance the Queen could decide to go to Norfolk around the time of the anniversary.

The monarch was forced to cancel many other festive traditions last year, as a result of the Omicron variant.

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In December, as well as cancelling her trip to Sandringham, she also cancelled the Royal Family’s pre-Christmas get together, which normally sees her wider family members come together before she leaves for Norfolk.

But the Queen has many other festivities planned for this year as she will be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee, making her the longest-serving British monarch in history.

The British public will be able to celebrate the milestone with an extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5, 2022.

The Palace said: “In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, 70 years of service, having acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old.

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“Throughout the year, Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family will travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark this historic occasion culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June – one year from today.”

It added: “The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.”

The Home Office will also be launching a public consultation on extending licensing hours for pubs, clubs and bars from the normal 11pm to 1am on Thursday 2, Friday 3 and Saturday, June 4, something which they have previously done to celebrate royal weddings and the FIFA World Cup in 2014.

To celebrate the Jubilee, the Royal Mint unveiled a commemorative coin depicting the Queen on horseback earlier this month.

The 50p coin was designed by artist John Bergdahl and is the first collectable UK 50p coin to celebrate a royal event.

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