The Queen is expected to be facing sadness this New Year's Eve as it marks her first without her late husband, Prince Philip.
- This New Year's Eve will be the Queen's first without Prince Philip following his death earlier this year.
- Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh were married for over 73 years (opens in new tab) and had their own special New Year's Eve traditions which won't be fulfilled this year.
- This royal news (opens in new tab) comes after it was revealed that Princess Diana broke the Queen's golden rule during her first ever royal Christmas (opens in new tab).
The Queen is set to ring in the new year of 2022 at Windsor Castle, having cancelled her traditional festive celebrations at Sandringham (opens in new tab) due to the ongoing concern around the Omicron Covid variant currently tearing through the UK.
Having lost Prince Philip back in April, New Year's Eve will no doubt be a time of reflection for the Queen, likely hammering home the sad reality of what 2021 brought.
Usually, the Queen would be hosting a special New Year's Eve party with Philip, with the couple extending an open invitation to all of their close friends and family, asking them to spend the final hours of the year with them.
It's reported that pheasant shooting and horse riding was on the cards at the get together in the past, with the Queen encouraging her guests to attend the New Year's Day service St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate the following morning.
With last year's Covid restrictions meaning parties were off the cards, the Queen and Prince Philip were unable to continue their New Year's Eve tradition for their final one together.
Caitlin is a Junior News Editor for Goodto.com, covering all things royal, celeb, lifestyle, food, and family. Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry).
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