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The Queen

The Queen will miss traditional Christmas at Sandringham and spend holidays at Windsor

Queen Elizabeth II
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The Queen will spend her Christmas break at Windsor this year. Her Majesty, along with the Duke of Edinburgh, will celebrate the festive season at the Castle which has been their main residence for much of 2020 owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Normally, the Queen is joined by the Royal Family at Sandringham for Christmas. This year, she and Prince Philip will pass the holiday quietly together at Windsor. It’s not known whether any of their children or grandchildren will join them as restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic are relaxed to allow limited mixing of family bubbles in the UK over Christmas. However, it has now been confirmed that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will pass the holidays at Highgrove House.

There had been speculation about whether the Queen would leave Windsor for the break but on December 1st, it was confirmed that ”having considered all the appropriate advice”, she will remain at the Castle for the holiday period.

It’s not known yet whether Her Majesty will travel to Sandringham after Christmas. She likes to spend the first days of February in the Norfolk residence as it was the final home of her father, King George VI. He passed away at Sandringham on February 6th 1952 and the Queen always spends the anniversary of his death and of her own accession at the house.

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Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.