The Queen will not be spending Christmas on her own after senior royals cancelled their ‘social’ plans in the lead up to the day, according to a source.
It is believed that Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie have all cancelled their pre-Christmas plans.
Royal sources told the Mirror that while there remains “obvious uncertainty as to how Christmas will look exactly”, the Royal Family are committed to being with the Queen on Christmas Day.
The Royal Family’s plans are under threat like many people in Britain as the rise of the Omicron variant causes concern up and down the country.
The Palace is reportedly looking at alternatives to the Queen traveling to the usual location at Christmas for the royals, which is Sandringham in Norfolk.
There has been suggestion that the Royal Family are to spend Christmas at Windsor Castle home, which is where the Queen has spent most of the pandemic.
A secure Covid bubble is currently in place with dozens of staff who have been helped to safeguard the Queen.
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It has also been speculated that all family members visiting on Christmas day will be expected to take Covid tests on the days leading to Christmas Day.
The claims from the source come after the Queen cancelled their traditional pre-Christmas lunch for her extended family due to concerns over the virus.
Around 50 relatives were expected to attend Windsor Castle on Tuesday but the Queen regretfully took the decision.
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According to a source, “Her Majesty’s pre-Christmas family lunch will not be going ahead.
“The decision is a precautionary one as it is felt to put too many people’s Christmas arrangements at risk if it went ahead.
“While there is regret that it is cancelled, there is a belief it is the right thing to do for all concerned.”
The decision comes as the country was warned over possible further restrictions to be coming in place to try and stop the spread of Omicron.
Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment.
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