Queen to shelve ‘big Royal Family shindig’ as aides look at reduced Sandringham guest list

Queen cancels Christmas party as she thinks about Sandringham

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The Queen is still expected to celebrate her first Christmas after Prince Philip’s death at Sandringham despite being forced to shelve plans for her traditional pre-Christmas luncheon. Daily Mirror’s Royal Editor Russell Myers said members of the Royal Family have “cut back” on their pre-holiday engagements to avoid unnecessary contacts amidst the surging of Omicron variant cases in the UK. Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex are reported to be making extra efforts to ensure that Her Majesty gets to celebrate Christmas with her family.

Mr Myers told Australia’s Today show: “The Queen normally hosts it, we normally see the the Royal Family walking up the big pathway from the big house and to the church.

“I don’t think any of that is going to be able to happen. Potentially, we will see the Queen and a reduced section of the Royal Family gather at Sandringham.

“But I can’t see any way that there’ll be any crowds, potentially not the big family shindig.”

He continued: “My understanding is you’ve got Charles, Camilla, the Cambridges, the Wessex’s they’re all pretty much isolating at the moment in order to make sure that Queen isn’t on her own on Christmas Day.

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“I think that’s something we can all get on board with because it’s been a particularly tough time for her that would be really sad after all this year she has to spend Christmas alone.”

The suggestion about changes to her Christmas plans come after the Queen cancelled her traditional pre-Christmas Family lunch at Windsor Castle due to the coronavirus situation in the UK.

Her Majesty was set to host the lunch at Windsor Castle with approximately 50 people in attendance.

However, the decision has been made as a “precautionary” measure as told by a close source from Buckingham Palace, said: “The pre-Christmas family lunch will not be going ahead.

Queen cancels Christmas party as she thinks about Sandringham

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

“While there is regret that it is cancelled, there is a belief it is the right thing to do for all concerned.” 

The Queen is still expected to travel to Sandringham for the Christmas with her close family members, who are reported to have cut back on social engagements to ensure her a safe and happy celebration.

According to royal tradition, Her Majesty alongside family members attends the morning service on Christmas Day at St Mary Magdalene Church.

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A close source confirmed the Queen’s decision after the Prime Minister’s latest press conference on Wednesday about the ongoing health crisis.

They said: “The Queen believes we’re very much all in this together and we should all abide by the public health guidelines to keep each other safe.”

Boris Johnson: “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.”

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