Queen Elizabeth II news: Queen ‘accepting’ Christmas without ‘genuine family style’ | Royal | News (Reports)


The Royal Family, along with the rest of the country, will have to deal with coronavirus restrictions when preparing for the Christmas holidays. National lockdown in England ends on December 2 but Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided to re-introduce the tier system.

The Queen normally hosts several holiday traditions over the Christmas period.

But this year will be very different due to the pandemic restricting how many people can gather together.

Speaking to People magazine, royal author Robert Lacey said: “Christmas is something the Queen has always done with enormous, genuine family style, and is facing not doing so sadly.”

He added Her Majesty “is accepting of that”.

The Queen has already reportedly cancelled the annual Diplomatic Corps Reception.

The event is usually held in early December by the Queen and attended by the Royal Family to honour members of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Corps.

Although England is set to enter a three tier system in December, the Government has granted people the opportunity to form bubbles over the Christmas period.

Across the country people will be able to form “bubbles” of up to three households over a five-day period.

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Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, are reportedly very close to Her Majesty.

Mr Eden also said courtiers had devised a plan to reunite the rest of the Royal Family over the festive period.

A source told him: “If they go to Sandringham, their traditional Boxing Day shoot could still take place, enabling them to see members of the family unable to join them on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.”

This is because shooting under Government rules is classed as an outdoor sport which up to 30 people can take part in but socially distanced.

Therefore, royals could come together at Sandringham to shoot during the Christmas period.

Mr Eden added: “So up to 30 royals could blast pheasants and partridge.”

The royal commentator also explained how having bubbles over the festive holiday might be perfect for some royals.

Mr Eden said: “It would appeal hugely to Charles and Camilla, who usually leave after the shoot to spend the rest of Christmas with her two children and five grandchildren.

“She would be prohibited from seeing them if she was in the Queen’s bubble.

“The same applies to Prince William and Kate, who usually spend much of the festive season with her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and her siblings, Pippa and James.”


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