The Queen has been forced to spend another Christmas at Windsor Castle amid growing fears around the spread of Omicron — and is changing her plans for the occasion accordingly.
Officials at the Palace confirmed the disappointing news that the 95 year old monarch would be cancelling her plans to head to the Sandringham Estate on Sunday.
She had been reportedly "looking forward" the festive period at her favourite country retreat – a tradition which has been held for decades.
Instead, Her Majesty and aides have drawn up a new set of plans for the big day, which will be her first without late husband Prince Philip.
In a piece of good news, it has been revealed that the Queen will be seeing family members for Christmas, and so will not be alone.
Her family will visit Windsor over the festive period and lead by example by following all relevant guidelines, although numbers will be considerably reduced from what was expected in Sandringham.
Visitors are not yet confirmed but are rumoured to include Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, according to MailOnline.
Whoever attends will join her for a scaled-back Christmas lunch.
For second year in a row, the Queen and the Royal Family family will not appear in public for their famous annual walk to the Christmas Day service
Last year the Queen is reported to have held her own private worship within Windsor Castle, and is expected to do the same this year.
Her Christmas broadcast will still go ahead, where Her Majesty will reportedly praise the resilient spirit of the British people.
A source said: “The Queen believes we are all in this together and we should all abide by the public health guidelines to keep each other safe.”
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