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Queen Christmas plans ‘under review’ – Kate & William scale back duties over Omicron fears

Queen Christmas plans 'under review' - Kate & William scale back duties over Omicron fears

The Queen had planned to host a family get-together at her Norfolk estate, Sandringham, to compensate for the small celebration she had with her late husband, Prince Philip, last year at Windsor Castle. This will be the monarch’s first Christmas without the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away in April aged 99.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are among those cancelling any non-essential events where they could be at risk of becoming infected with any strain of the virus, according to sources.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are among other prominent royals, including Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Charles and Camilla, along with Princess Anne, who have committed to only essential contacts in the next week, according to the Mirror.

On Thursday, it was announced that the Queen had cancelled the Buckingham Palace lunch typically held for the extended Royal Family ahead of Christmas each year.

Around 50 or so royals were expected to attend the event next week at Windsor.

Guests were to include Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The Queen’s scrapped the event as too many people’s Christmas celebrations could be at stake should the event go ahead.

It was said to be a decision erring on the side of caution after the UK recorded a spike of new Omicron cases over the past week.

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

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He told MPs: “People want to protect the time that is most important to them.

“And that does therefore mean in practice, it is sensible for people to cut down on work or other interactions with people, including potentially social ones, which are less important to them so that they reduce their chances of catching Covid.”

Members of the Royal Family often gather with the Queen at Sandringham ahead of Christmas Eve, with the royals attending a Christmas Day service on the morning of December 25 at St Mary Magdalene Church.

It is thought that the Queen will travel to Sandringham on Wednesday after she travelled to Norfolk in November to begin preparations for the festive period, the Mirror reported.

Traditionally, the Queen stays at Sandringham until February 6, which is the anniversary of her father’s death and of her accession to the throne.

Some royal insiders have hinted, however, that because of increasing concerns and the luncheon’s cancellation over the Omicron variant, the Queen may opt to spend a second consecutive Christmas at Windsor.

Mr Arbiter told the Sun: “Having cancelled this lunch, I’d be very surprised if she decamped and took her family to Sandringham.

“Windsor has been a secure bubble since the start of the pandemic.

“The Queen leads by example and expects the rest of the family to follow suit.

“In this very infectious time it is better to be safe than sorry.”

Read more here Daily Express :: Royal Feed

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