Queen will NOT spend Christmas at Sandringham

Queen will NOT spend Christmas at Sandringham: Monarch, 95, decides to stay at Windsor where she will be visited by family over the festive period after ‘careful consideration’ amid spiking Covid cases

The Queen will not spend Christmas at Sandringham after deciding to spend time at Windsor amid a spike in Covid cases.  

Queen Elizabeth will be visited by family over the festive period after ‘careful consideration’. 

Her majesty missed her usual church service at Windsor yesterday as part of the measures being taken to protect the traditional Christmas celebrations, which have been held at Sandringham since 1988.  

The Queen, 95, did not go to Sandringham last Christmas either, due to lockdown and to remain with Prince Philip in Windsor.

She was due to leave for Sandringham on Wednesday, before the decision was announced today.

This will be the first Christmas the Queen has marked since the death of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, earlier this year and it is understood that family members are preparing to rally round her so she does not have to spend it alone.  

The Queen will not spend Christmas at Sandringham for the first time more than 30 years after deciding to spend time at Windsor

The Queen will not spend Christmas at Sandringham (pictured) after deciding to spend time at Windsor amid a spike in Covid cases

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince Andrew and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex’s family are expected to make the trip to join the Queen for the festivities this week.

Earlier today, reports said the Queen was still keen to go to her beloved 20,000-acre estate at Sandringham, where she normally stays until early February – particularly as she spent last year at Windsor alone apart from her late husband and a handful of staff, due to lockdown.

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