The Queen is known to be incredibly fond of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but this year the monarch will have to decide which members of her family to include in her Christmas bubble. In England between December 23 to 27, people will be allowed to form a temporary bubble to visit relatives and friends over the festive period. Like the rest of the country, the Royal Family will be following these rules as well.
Over the festive period, people can form one Christmas bubble, which can include a maximum of three different households.
The Christmas bubble will temporarily allow people to mix indoors with other households, but the Government is still urging people to be careful about visiting people due to coronavirus.
Before Christmas, the Government advises people to reduce unnecessary contact with people they do not live with before forming a bubble, but children should continue to go to school.
Given that the Queen and Prince Philip have been shielding for much of this year, the Royal Family will no doubt give the matter of the Queen’s Christmas bubble very careful consideration.
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The Queen and Prince Philip will reportedly be joined by their youngest son Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex and their two children Louise and James.
A source told the Daily Mail: “Prince Edward and his family will be one of the two in her bubble.”
The Queen is known to be incredibly close to the Wessexes, and prior to the pandemic the family regularly visited the Queen at Windsor.
For the second household, there is some speculation over whether the Queen will choose Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and their three royal children: Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
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However as Prince George and Princess Charlotte are still currently attending school, Kate and William may decide not to visit the Queen this year.
A source told The Telegraph: “They will sort it out between them, it will be about what’s practical.”
The source added that the potential risks surrounding young children who have been mixing with others at school would “clearly” be taken in to account.
The Cambridge’s may also decide to miss seeing the Queen and Prince Philip this year to spend time with Kate’s family.
For the last three years, the Cambridge’s have spent Christmas Day with the rest of the Royal Family at Sandringham.
But this year the Cambridges could instead decide to meet with Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, or Kate’s siblings Pippa and James Middleton.
Meeting with Pippa and her husband James Matthews could be particularly special for the Cambridge children, as they could spend Christmas with their little cousin Arthur.
The Cambridge children may also be excited to meet up with their fun uncle James Middleton this year and his fiance Alizee Thevenet.