The Queen missed her weekly church service ahead of her Christmas plans at Sandringham, in a last ditch effort to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19.
Her Majesty was forced to skip her Sunday service at Windsor Castle yesterday amid rising Omicron rates, raising further doubts about the likelihood of her traditional festivities continuing.
The Queen’s 2021 Christmas plans currently involve a reunion of the Royal Family at Sandringham House, but it remains to be confirmed whether the celebrations can take place safely. It is understood that royal staff have been busy all weekend securing the Norfolk residence for the 95-year-old monarch, who is expected to arrive on Wednesday.
According to the Telegraph, “rigorous testing procedures in place” and medical tests will be administered to anyone entering Sandringham to minimize the risk of the spread of Covid-19.
Despite Christmas “impatience”, the Queen is said to be reluctant to host activities that could endanger loved ones or staff.
“There is a strong desire for this to be as normal as possible, but this is obviously subject to practical issues,” a source told MailOnline.
With Covid cases hitting 90,000 a day in Britain, it’s no surprise the Queen is taking precautions.
The head of state, whose husband Prince Philip died at the age of 99 in April, has suffered a series of health problems over the past two months, including a sprained back and even overnight hospitalization. Doctors have since advised him to rest at Windsor Castle, where “light tasks” such as Red Box filing and virtual hearings are currently being undertaken.
It is understood that the Queen will make a decision within the next 48 hours on whether or not to continue her shindig at Sandringham.
The royals have gathered at the lavish 20,000-acre estate for Christmas since 1988, where they typically spend two days drinking, eating, and playing games. If the party gets the green light this year, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are expected to attend, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children. It was also speculated that the Duke of York and his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, would join us, despite the ongoing Prince Andrew sex abuse scandal.