Queen heartbroken as she is unable to honour father’s death date at Christmas this year

Queen: Experts discuss Christmas tradition at Sandringham

Royal Family commentators Chris Ship and Lizzie Robinson reflected on the changed Christmas plans for the Queen. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Queen and Prince Philip have decided to stay at Windsor Castle for the Christmas period and beyond, instead of Sandringham. Ms Robinson noted that because of this, the Queen would not be able to mark her father’s death on February 6 at Sandringham, where the late king died and the place where she has spent the festive period for the last 33 years.

Ms Robinson said: “Sandringham means a lot to the Queen.

“Traditionally she stays at Sandringham every year until the 6th of February which was the date her father died in 1952.”

Mr Ship admitted that he felt it was a strange tradition and reflected on the different experience the Queen would have because of coronavirus.

He said: “It is an odd date and I think this every year.

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“It is the date of the Queen’s accession and celebration but also is the date of the death of her father.

“It must be very strange that she marks it, well always used to mark it at Sandringham until this year because of coronavirus and staying at Windsor Castle.

Ms Robinson replied: “We were told that by the palace ‘having considered all the appropriate advice the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor.’

“We understand that they feel fortunate to be able to spend Christmases with their family every year.

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“They understand that their family will have competing demands over the Christmas period.”

The royal experts then discussed the logistical difficulties of Royal Families mixing.

Mr Ship said: “Competing demands like in-laws and other families.

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“For example, William and Kate might want to go and see the Middletons.

“If they see the Middletons then Kate’s brother James might be there or sister Pippa Middleton.”

Ms Robinson closed by saying: “We have got very strict rules here in the UK.

“Even though over Christmas they are being relaxed a bit, it can still only be three different households.”

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