The advance of the Ômicron variant in the United Kingdom alarmed royalty, especially the 99-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, who was planning to welcome her family to the royal residence of Sandringham in Norfolk.
Christmas for the British royal family is traditionally celebrated at the Queen’s residence in Sandringham and they adhere to a set schedule and protocols, but due to the increase in cases of Covid virus and the spread of the new type of Covid-19, the monarch may have to change. Or cancel your plans entirely.
Sources have told The Mirror that she must make the final decision on where and how to spend Christmas within the next 48 hours, and that she is awaiting advice from her top advisers, who are in regular contact with government officials. The Queen has already canceled her pre-Christmas lunch for relatives and attention has now turned to the big day itself.
In 2020, the Queen, like many people around the world, was forced to spend the last Christmas away from her loved ones at Windsor Castle due to the lockdown issued by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. She died with her husband Prince Philip, who died in April of this year, at the age of 99.
The Queen was ready to welcome the family to Sandringham. “This year, more than ever, it is extremely important for Her Majesty to be surrounded by loved ones,” a source told The Mirror in November.
The statement comes amid controversy over the presence of Meghan and Harry at the annual family gathering, as they declined an invitation last year and spent Christmas in California, where they currently live. A source told The Mirror: “The Queen is fully committed to hosting everyone as she hopes to be healthy in the coming weeks.”
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