The royals who've stepped in to save the Queen from a lonely Christmas revealed

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at King's Lynn station, after taking the train from London King's Cross, to begin her Christmas break
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The Queen’s plans might have changed dramatically, but now two royals are set to visit on Christmas Day as she marks the first festivities since Prince Philip’s death. 

The Queen is currently preparing to mark her first Christmas since the loss of her beloved husband of 73 years, Prince Philip (opens in new tab), and it seems she will now have at least one senior member of The Firm (opens in new tab) with her for the big day itself. Just days ago the Queen cancelled Christmas at Sandringham (opens in new tab) and it was announced she would be celebrating at Windsor Castle instead, visited by her wider family during the festive period. Meanwhile, reports have since emerged claiming that Her Majesty’s son-in-law Sir Timothy Laurence, the husband of Princess Anne, has tested positive for Covid-19 (opens in new tab)

In light of this and despite the poignant undertone of this particular festive season without the Duke of Edinburgh, Anne sadly isn't expected to visit her mother on Christmas Day. However, it seems the Queen is set to be joined by another of her children for the big day, meaning she won’t be experiencing a truly quiet Christmas after all. 

Queen Elizabeth II sits at a desk in the 18th Century Room at Buckingham Palace, after recording her Christmas Day broadcast in 2015

According to The Telegraph (opens in new tab), a Clarence House spokesperson has revealed that Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be spending Christmas Day with the Queen. Last year the couple are believed to have celebrated at their Gloucestershire countryside home, Highgrove House, whilst the Queen and Philip remained at their Berkshire home. 

At the moment the Prince of Wales, who is first in line to the throne (opens in new tab), and Duchess Camilla are the only royals to be confirmed as visiting the monarch over the Christmas period. However, especially given the sad nature of this festive season, it’s thought that Charles’ younger brother Prince Edward, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn might also make the trip to Windsor.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2016

The family live reasonably nearby and earlier this year, the Queen shared adorable old footage (opens in new tab) of Philip playing with young Edward and Anne prior ahead of a new Prince Philip BBC documentary (opens in new tab). As well as Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla and the Wessexes, it’s thought possible that Prince William and Kate Middleton and their three children could see the Queen too.

In recent years, they have regularly joined the Queen and other royals at Sandringham for the festive season. For her first Christmas there in 2011, Kate even gave a “frugal” gift (opens in new tab) to Her Majesty that reportedly helped build her incredible bond with her grandmother-in-law. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019

Since then, the Cambridges have welcomed their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. All are understood to have spent Christmas in Norfolk with the royals before, though Louis has not yet made his Christmas Day walk to church debut. 

It’s not known when they and the Queen’s great-grandchildren (opens in new tab), last saw Her Majesty in person. However, if they are amongst those visiting her at Windsor Castle like Charles and Camilla, the Queen would no doubt be delighted to spend time with more of her loving family this Christmas.

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.