Queen in Sandringham preparation frenzy as Royal Family to reunite for big Christmas bash

Queen’s Christmas at Sandringham discussed by Russell Myers

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Royal Family tradition sees the Windsors make their annual trip to the Sandringham Estate, where they celebrate the holidays together. The tradition started in 1988 and family members who are invited to Sandringham for Christmas with the Queen are allocated a certain time to arrive on Christmas Eve. The coronavirus pandemic has foiled the family’s Christmas celebrations in 2020, seeing them celebrate Christmas separately. 

Royal Editor of the Daily Mirror, Russell Myers, discussed the Christmas tradition on Pod Save The Queen with host Ann Gripper.

Ms Gripper said: “It’s great news about Christmas, it sounds like she’s going up to get everything ready.

“When was the last time that they made it up to Sandringham?”

Mr Myers said: “Surely 2019, everything was still alright then. That would have been the last time, obviously Christmas last year was off for all of them, everyone was spread out.

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“This is the first opportunity to get everyone together and to have a nice Christmas.

“I think it’s been a pretty tough time for a lot of people, the Queen is not different in that sense that she’s been couped up, unable to leave Windsor Castle, in large periods of isolation just with the bubble of staff and Prince Philip.

“Of course, after he died, that would have been an awful wrench for her.

“I think the pilgrimage back to Sandringham, where there are so many happy memories for her and the rest of the family, it’s great news that hopefully they will be able to do that.”

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“The fact is, there’s been an awful lot of fear over her health conditions.

“When she went into hospital the doctors were describing it as ‘preliminary investigations,’ and we don’t know what for, we don’t know what that means.”

He added: “With those tests, may come more tests, or there might be a clean bill of health.

“My understanding is she is feeling well and feeling rested, but needs to take it a bit more easy.”


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On Christmas Day, the family attend the annual service at St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham.

The Queen is driven to the church and receives Communion privately in the morning before the service.

After the service the family goes home to eat,  a Sandringham Christmas lunch consists of shrimp or lobster salad starter.

It is then followed by roasted turkey and all the trimmings. 

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