Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her first Christmas without her husband, Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away in April. Unfortunately, both of her grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, and their families might not spend the holidays with her too.
Queen Elizabeth Changes Christmas Plans
Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the royal family members usually celebrate the holidays in Sandringham. The Queen will stay at her estate in Norfolk, England, until Feb. 6, her father King George VI's death anniversary. That's how the royals celebrate the season before the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, due to the surge of the Omicron variant in the U.K., Her Majesty decided not to head to Sandringham. Instead, she will celebrate Christmas and New Year in Windsor Castle for the second time in a row.
The Queen is already 95 years old. A few months ago, her doctors advised her to slow down with her work. It's expected that she would be advised against traveling.
Prince William And Kate Middleton Might Not Spend Christmas With The Queen
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are among the members of the royal family who want to celebrate the holidays with Her Majesty. An insider told Us Weekly earlier that the royal family will have a "big family affair" for the holidays.
The source said Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3, are delighted to be seeing their grandmother again. Unfortunately, that might not happen after the Queen changed her holiday plans.
According to royal expert Kerene Barefield, executive producer of True Royal TV's The Royal Beat, the Cambridge family will be heading to Norfolk for the holidays. So, they can spend the festive season with the Queen if she's in Sandringham.
However, since Her Majesty is staying in Windsor, it will be close to impossible for Prince William and Middleton to spend Christmas with her.
"I understand from sources that there could be a Christmas at Windsor this year, if things change," Barefield told Us Weekly. "That will be further away from them than if they’re in Sandringham, [which is] just a stone’s throw [away from Norfolk]. So yeah, they may not [attend], if it’s at Windsor."
Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Not Flying To The UK For Christmas
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have celebrated the last Christmases away from the royal family. Another source told Page Six that it wouldn't be different this year.
If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had plans to get to his country, they probably already informed his family and the staff.
"There’s a lot that goes into the logistics and the planning of the family Christmas, so of course, staff knows that Harry and Meghan are not coming," the anonymous insider told the outlet. "If they were, they would have communicated it to their family by now.