Every year the monarch invites the members of the royal family to lunch before Christmas. Now the palace announced that they had to cancel this again.
As Buckingham Palace announces, there will be no pre-Christmas lunch at Windsor Castle this year. The reason is the rapidly spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus in Great Britain.
After a turbulent year, the queen would have been looking forward to a wonderful Christmas time with her loved ones.
However, in addition to the Christmas lunch, there are a few other changes in the process, which means that the 95-year-old has to break with numerous traditions. One of them is the train ride from London to Norfolk.
The rising Corona numbers in Great Britain are now also having an impact on the Queen's Christmas planning.
As the palace writes in a message, the monarch has canceled her pre-Christmas lunch with her family.
“There is a conviction that it is the right thing for everyone involved,” says a royal source.
Queen Elizabeth has “regretfully” received her traditional pre-Christmas family dinner as «Precautionary measure» canceled. Buckingham Palace announced this on Thursday. The reason: the rapidly spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus in Great Britain.
The monarch is therefore of the opinion that an early meeting could endanger the family's planned festive season. A royal source added that “there is a belief that it is the right thing for everyone involved”.
The Queen, like many older Brits, is now likely to have been vaccinated against the coronavirus at least three times. Nevertheless, the omicron variant of the coronavirus is currently giving politicians a headache in Great Britain. It is already prevalent in London.
Christmas lunch is a tradition
The monarch actually wanted to meet about 50 relatives at Windsor Castle next Tuesday to ring in the Christmas holidays. Only a few days ago, your doctors gave the go-ahead for the event. Every year, the 95-year-old invites the whole family to Christmas lunch, it has become a tradition. The family reunion had to be canceled last year due to the pandemic.
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The festive season itself the Queen spends on her country estate in Sandringham, East England. Here, too, she is usually visited by different parts of the family. This year it is the first time since their wedding in 1947 that she has to spend the holidays without her husband Prince Philip, who died in April at the age of 99.
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