Queen Elizabeth II canceled her conventional Christmas celebration plans on the royal Sandringham property in jap England amid issues concerning the fast-spreading omicron variant.
Buckingham Palace mentioned Monday that the 95-year-old monarch will spend the vacations at Windsor Fortress, west of London, the place she has stayed for a lot of the pandemic and spent Christmas final yr as nicely.
The palace added the queen’s alternative “displays a precautionary method” because the COVID-19 omicron variant continues to unfold throughout the U.Okay.
Different members of the royal household are anticipated to go to over the Christmas interval, with precautions taken in opposition to spreading the virus.
QUEEN ELIZABETH CANCELS CHRISTMAS AT SANDRINGHAM
Fox Information can affirm Prince Charles and his spouse, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will join the Queen on Christmas Day.
Moreover, royal knowledgeable Omid Scobie stories that Prince William and Kate Middleton will attend the small household gathering with their three younger youngsters: Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3.
Reportedly as will the Wessexes, Prince Edward and Countess Sophie, and their two kids, and the Yorks, aka Prince Andrew and his two daughters and their households.
Scobie famous that Princess Anne, Elizabeth’s daughter, is not going to be visiting with the Queen in the course of the vacation week as her husband Sir Timothy Laurence examined constructive for COVID-19.
He’s reportedly following the “applicable guidelines” and Anne is isolating.
For years, members of Britain’s prolonged royal household have spent the vacations at Sandringham, the place crowds collect to observe them attend the native church on Christmas Day.
The queen has minimize down on journey and work since spending an evening within the hospital in October and being advised to relaxation by her medical doctors. She has since undertaken mild duties together with digital audiences with diplomats and weekly conversations with the prime minister.
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That is the queen’s first Christmas for the reason that dying of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, in April at 99. The royal couple spent their last Christmas collectively at Windsor final yr.
Earlier this month, Queen Elizabeth canceled her conventional Christmas lunch. She hoped to host her prolonged household for the annual get-together subsequent week after final yr’s festivities have been known as off as a consequence of coronavirus restrictions.
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“The choice is a precautionary one as it’s felt to place too many individuals’s Christmas preparations in danger if it went forward,” a supply advised Fox Information. “Whereas there’s remorse that it’s canceled, there’s a perception it’s the proper factor to do for all involved.”
Fox Information’ Stephanie Nolasco and the Related Press contributed to this report.