Queen’s Christmas tradition could be scrapped over coronavirus ‘rule of six’

The Royal Family's annual Christmas celebrations may have to be cancelled because of the England's new "rule of six".

England is to bring in a ban on social gatherings of six or more people on Monday in a bid to curb the increasing rise in coronavirus infections.

It will become illegal to meet up in groups bigger than six from Monday in homes, outside or in venues, in a government bid to curb spiking infections.

The new rule applies to gatherings in homes, pubs and restaurants and may still be in force at Christmas.

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And if still in place, it would make it unlikely for The Queen,Prince Charles and other senior Royals to take part in the long-established tradition of the Christmas Eve dinner, public walk to church on Christmas Day along with the family lunch at Sandringham.

It is also the Queen's custom every Christmas to host 30 of her closest family members for lunch before watching her speech to the nation.

But according to the Mail on Sunday, royal courtiers are understood to be reluctant to encourage crowds, where coronavirus infections become more likely, and could stop plans for the traditional walk to St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate.

Last Christmas, more than 1,500 well-wishers gathered outside the church to see young Royals, Princess Charlotte and Prince George attend their first public service.

A source told the Mail on Sunday: “Any sort of church attendance on Christmas Day is highly unlikely under the current guidelines.

“There is no desire to create crowds and over the years, the Royals’ walk to church has become more and more popular.

“It is now something of an event, so this year will need to be looked at very carefully. Perhaps it could be ticketed, as the church does stand on private land, but there could be no interaction. The Royals do not want to encourage crowds.”

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  • Prince George
  • Princess Charlotte
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