Queen misses church in bid to protect Sandringham Christmas plans – What We Know!

The Queen continues to take cautious measures to protect her plans to host family Christmas festivities at Sandringham this year as Covid continues to cast doubt on whether they will go ahead. Pictured: The Queen with her family at Christmas Day service in King

Efforts to guard the Queen‘s Christmas plans at Sandringham proceed as she determined to overlook church yesterday as a precaution as a result of menace of Covid, it has been reported.

Queen Elizabeth is about to decide on her Christmas plans within the subsequent 48 hours, stories counsel, after it was revealed she might abandon plans to host household festivities on the royal property in Norfolk due to coronavirus.

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

The Queen, 95, is about to depart for Sandringham on Wednesday, in line with the Solar, and workers are working to organize the rooms in anticipation that she shall be joined by household.

This would be the first Christmas the Queen has marked because the loss of life of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, earlier this yr and it’s understood that relations are making ready to rally around her so she doesn’t must spend it alone. 

 The Queen continues to take cautious measures to guard her plans to host household Christmas festivities at Sandringham this yr as Covid continues to forged doubt on whether or not they are going to go forward. Pictured: The Queen together with her household at Christmas Day service in King’s Lynn in 2017

The Royal Family have been celebrating Christmas at the Sandringham estate since 1988

The Royal Household have been celebrating Christmas on the Sandringham property since 1988 

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their kids, Prince Andrew and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex’s household are anticipated to make the journey to affix the Queen for the festivities this week. 

The Queen remains to be eager to go to her beloved 20,000-acre property at Sandringham, the place she usually stays till early February – notably as she spent final yr at Windsor alone other than her late husband and a handful of workers, as a result of lockdown. 

A supply confirmed to the Mail on Sunday that the Queen’s Christmas plans are beneath evaluate and added: ‘There’s a sturdy want for it to be as regular as it may be however clearly that is topic to sensible considerations.’

It’s unlikely the 95-year-old Monarch will be part of the 200-strong congregation at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham for the standard Christmas Day service. 

As a substitute, she is predicted to attend a personal service much like final yr when a Royal chaplain delivered a sermon and readings.

However there are different plans in place. Ought to the chance of Omicron be thought-about too nice for the Queen, who has lately suffered a bout of ill- well being, then a scaled-back celebration could possibly be held at Windsor Fort.

Pictured: William and Kate walk behind Prince Charles with their children after attending the Christmas Day service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate in 2019

Pictured: William and Kate stroll behind Prince Charles with their kids after attending the Christmas Day service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham property in 2019

The Mirror stories {that a} choice shall be made within the subsequent 48 hours and {that a} palace supply mentioned the Queen will ‘lead from the entrance’ if the Authorities decides to difficulty any additional recommendation about mixing over the Christmas interval.

The supply instructed the newspaper: ‘The Queen and the remainder of the household are aware the state of affairs is ever altering and lots of hundreds of households may additionally be affected.

‘A call on whether or not the queen travels as deliberate shall be made as quickly as doable.’

It comes after the Queen ‘regretfully’ scrapped subsequent week’s conventional Royal Household Christmas lunch amid Omicron fears. 

Whereas the Queen has been pressured to drag out of a number of engagements over the previous two months – together with a go to to Northern Eire – she has been effectively sufficient to hold out her duties as head of state.

Final week, she was seen collaborating in video calls and a Palace supply confirmed she had been strolling unaided in London to honour a diary dedication after travelling to the capital from Windsor.

Adjustments to the Palace schedule, typically schemed out months prematurely, are by no means undertaken frivolously, nevertheless. And behind the scenes the whole lot is being executed to assist the Queen save the household’s Sandringham Christmas.

‘Sandringham is particular not solely due to all of the fond reminiscences of Prince Philip and the onerous work he did to rework the property,’ the insider instructed the Mail on Sunday, ‘But additionally as a result of it’s the very place the place her father handed away.

‘It’s the explanation why, usually, she’s going to by no means go away Sandringham after the Christmas break till she has marked his anniversary on February 6.’

It will likely be a very poignant date, for subsequent yr marks the seventieth anniversary of the loss of life of her father, King George VI – and the purpose at which the Queen could have been on the throne for seven many years.

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations shall be yet one more milestone for the Queen who in 2015 surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria to turn out to be the longest-reigning British Monarch.