How Will The Royal Family Spend Christmas This Year?
The royals might have to give some of their traditions a miss this year.
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By Bustle UK
Members of Queen Elizabeth's immediate family, like Prince William and Kate Middleton, for example, are expected to take part in many Christmas traditions as a family. But as this year is bound by coronavirus restrictions, Christmas at the Windsors is expected to be a whole lot different.
Normally, the royal family would descend en masse to the Sandringham estate for the festive period. However, this year, it’s reported that the Queen and Prince Philip will instead enjoy their Christmas quietly at Windsor instead.
"Having considered all the appropriate advice, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson revealed. This is the first time in 33 years that a royal Christmas will not be enjoyed at Sandringham.
It is so far unclear whether these festivities will include other members of the royal family. But, like the rest of the nation, the Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, will have to think carefully about who to invite into their Christmas bubble this year if they do indeed see anyone. Under the current relaxation of government restrictions over the festive period, three households can mix from December 23 to 27 if the bubble doesn’t change over the five-day period, meaning mixing with other households is not allowed.
It is reported that on Christmas Day, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be at Highgrove. However, they are expected to have a chance to see the Queen and Philip at Windsor at some point over the five day period.
This still leaves one other household the Queen could potentially bubble up with over the festive period — and there are a number of options.
She could spend the festive period with her only daughter, the Princess Royal, and her husband, as Princess Anne rarely fails to attend a public royal gathering at Christmas.
Prince Edward along with his wife the Countess of Wessex, and their two children Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James, Viscount Severn, 12, would also be a good option for combining households.
Prince William and family could spend the day with his grandparents, as two households, however the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may choose to bubble up for Christmas with the Middleton family in Berkshire this year as they have spent the past few years with the royals. The Duchess also has two siblings, Pippa Matthews and James Middleton, so whether they’re planning on spending Christmas with their parents is another potential roadblock.