Queen’s Sandringham Christmas ‘continues to be under review’ as senior royals decide to scale back their festive plans to ensure they can be with Her Majesty on 25 December, sources claim
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and wife Sophie have agreed to reduce all but essential contacts ahead of the big day, according to The Mirror.
Their decision comes after the Queen, 95, cancelled her annual Royal Family Christmas lunch next Tuesday ‘with regret’ as a ‘precaution’ to try to save her loved ones’ festive plans, amid fears over the rapid spread of the Omicron Covid variant.
Her Majesty was planning to welcome 50 or so relatives, including Prince Charles and Camilla, to the event at Windsor Castle next week, and the decision to axe the party was made because too many people’s Christmas arrangements were at risk if it went ahead.
It is MailOnline’s understanding that there are no immediate plans for staff to form a Covid bubble with the Queen as they did last year, because the situation is constantly changing.
However, insiders have suggested that the monarch will continue staying at Windsor over the Christmas period rather than going to Sandringham because she already has a secure set up.
One day after the festive lunch, the Queen was due to travel by helicopter to Sandringham in Norfolk, where she hopes to spend Christmas day.
However, the Queen ‘with regret’ cancelled her family lunch as a ‘precautionary’ measure, feeling that too many people’s Christmas arrangements were at risk if it went ahead.
Royal sources said ‘there is a belief that it is the right thing to do for all concerned.’