Queen Elizabeth II's Journey to The Throne

Christmas can be trying just a little completely different for the royal household this 12 months.

Although Queen Elizabeth II is historically joined by members of her household—together with Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton—for a Christmas Day stroll from her Sandringham property to the native church, her plans have modified amid a surge of COVID-19 circumstances in the UK as a result of omicron variant.

As an alternative of touring to her nation house, the 95-year-old monarch will as an alternative have fun the vacation at Windsor Citadel, the place she has been staying all through the pandemic, in line with a senior Buckingham Palace supply.

Whereas this Christmas would be the Queen's first because the passing of her husband Prince Philip, she is not going to be spending it alone. A Clarence Home spokesman informed the U.Ok. Press Affiliation that Charles, 73, and his spouse Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall can be with the Queen on Christmas Day.

As for William and Kate? The couple—who're dad and mom to Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3—can be spending the vacation in Norfolk, England, in line with a Kensington Palace spokesperson. The consultant informed the information group that they are going to be joined by some members of Middleton household.

Additionally lacking from the festivities in Windsor would be the Queen's daughter Princess Anne, who's presently isolating at her Gloucestershire house after her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, examined optimistic for COVID-19, People reported.

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In the meantime, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who moved to the United States final 12 months after stepping back from their royal duties, will possible be spending Christmas at their California house. The pair—who share son Archie, 2, and daughter Lilibet, 6 months—not too long ago gave the general public a glimpse into their celebrations by unveiling their holiday card.

"This 12 months, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a 'Mama' and a ‘Papa', and Lili made us a household," the cardboard, which featured a portrait of the household of 4 taken by Alexi Lubomirski, learn partly. "Wishing you a contented vacation season and a affluent New 12 months, from our household to yours!"

Nonetheless, there may be one vacation custom that the Queen will nonetheless honor this 12 months regardless of the pandemic: Her Christmas Day message. In a preview picture launched on Dec. 23, she's seen sitting within the White Drawing Room at Windsor Citadel alongside a framed {photograph} of herself and Philip, who died on April 9 on the age of 99, on her desk.

Her Majesty's annual speech is predicted to broadcast on Dec. 25. 

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