The Queen has cancelled her Royal Family Christmas at Sandringham

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The Queen has cancelled her Royal Family Christmas at Sandringham in favour of holding it at Windsor Castle.

The Queen has pulled the plug on her planned Royal Family Sandringham Christmas, according to Buckingham Palace aides.

Her Majesty was due to leave for her Norfolk residence this week, where she had planned to host Christmas for her family - the first Christmas without her husband of 73 years Prince Philip.

But following fears over the Omicron variant, despite previously being "totally committed" to spending Christmas at Sandringham, the Queen has taken the personal decision to move her Christmas to Windsor - a step that is said to “reflect a precautionary approach”.

The Queen has been undertaking light work duties while she rests at Windsor and most recently welcomed the Sultan of Oman and Her Highness the Hon. Lady who visited The Queen at Windsor Castle last week.

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Instead of trekking over to Sandringham, family members are expected to visit the Queen during her Windsor stay and Buckingham Palace has confirmed that all appropriate guidelines will be followed for any visitors to the Queen over the Christmas period.

It is understood Downing Street was informed of the decision but had no part in the decision-making process.

News that the Queen has cancelled her Royal Family Christmas plans come after she cancelled her pre-Christmas lunch which was due to be held today (Tuesday 21st December) and the Queen will no longer stay at Sandringham.

There have been questions surrounding the traditional Christmas party ever since the Queen’s health scare and painful back strain, with fears that she may face Christmas alone.

Prince William, Kate and the children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis are expected to spend Christmas with the Queen, along with other members of the family, including Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry is due to spend Christmas in LA with his wife Meghan Markle and their children Archie and Lilibet-Diana.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)