Queen scraps pre-Christmas lunch – is Sandringham’s Christmas Day at risk?

Queen 'determined' for Sandringham Christmas says Sacerdoti

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Every year, members of the Royal Family gather to enjoy a Christmas lunch with the Queen. The event is usually held at Buckingham Palace, and royals are often pictured driving to the event with their families in tow. But this year the Queen has cancelled the annual family get together.

Several members of the extended Royal Family usually attend the Queen’s Christmas lunch every year in the run-up to Christmas Day.

The Queen’s decision to cancel Christmas lunch this year is understood to have been made in light of the current coronavirus situation in the UK.

A source told Reuters: “The pre-Christmas family lunch will not be going ahead.

“The decision is a precautionary one as it is felt to put too many people’s Christmas arrangements at risk if it went ahead.”

The Queen’s decision to cancel her Christmas lunch comes following new advice from England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty about socialising in the run-up to Christmas.

Professor Whitty told a Downing Street press conference on Wednesday, December 15: “I really think people should be prioritising those things – and only those things – that really matter to them.

“Because otherwise the risk of someone getting infected at something that doesn’t really matter to them and then not being able to do the things that matter to them obviously goes up.”

On Wednesday, the UK recorded a staggering 78,610 Covid cases – a record high.

Could the Queen’s Sandringham Christmas be at risk?

Although the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch has been cancelled this year, it is not clear whether the Royal Family has revised plans for Christmas Day.

The Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk has been the background of Royal Family Christmases for several decades.

But last year the usual family get-together in Norfolk was cancelled in light of lockdown restrictions.

The Queen’s Christmas plans for this year haven’t been revealed, but it has been widely reported she is looking forward to spending Christmas at Sandringham this year.

In light of the spread of the Omicron Covid variant in the UK, the Queen may have decided to host a smaller Christmas at Sandringham for 2021.

The Queen might restrict the guest list to her immediate family only, such as Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as a precaution.

So far it is also not clear if the Royal Family will be out in full force for the traditional walk to church on Christmas Day morning, as the event has typically seen large crowds gather in previous years.

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