“In peace”: Queen and Philip celebrate Christmas alone


Prince Charles and his son William have already had Covid 19 disease. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband have so far been spared. To keep it that way, the couple will spend the Christmas days for the first time in a long time, isolated and as a couple.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip will not celebrate the upcoming Christmas with their family. Also, for the first time in decades, the royal couple will be celebrating at Windsor Castle instead of their Sandringham country estate in Norfolk. A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday.

“After weighing all the appropriate recommendations, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have decided that they will spend Christmas this year in peace in Windsor”, quoted the “Mail Online”. The couple should also do without the traditional Christmas service in the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.

So far it has only been confirmed that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will not fly to the UK for the holidays. Like last year, the couple will be spending the festival with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, in the United States. How the family of Harry’s brother, Prince William, spends Christmas is still unclear.

Three households, one “Christmas bubble”

The Royal Family spent many Christmases at Windsor Castle when the Queen’s children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – were young. The royal family has traditionally celebrated Christmas and New Years in Sandringham in eastern England since the 1980s.

Queen Elizabeth had already moved from her London residence to the castle in the town of Windsor at the beginning of the corona pandemic in March. In addition, she only attended a few public appointments. Prince Charles was infected with the corona virus in March. His son, Prince William, is said to have been infected in April.

In general, coronavirus restrictions in the UK will be relaxed for five days during the holiday season to allow people to travel to see friends and family. Three households can then form a “Christmas bubble” (in German: “Weihnachtsblase”) and be together from December 23rd to 27th.

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