December 21, 2021 – 10:13 GMT
The monarch, 95, will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle for the second year in a row, due to the pandemic
TheQueen will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle for the second year running, it was confirmed by Buckingham Palace on Monday.
It’s understood the decision was taken as a “precautionary” measure amid rising COVID-19 cases. A royal source has said the 95-year-old will be visited by members of the royal family over the festive period, as she marks the first Christmas without her late husband, the Duke of Edinburghwho passed away in April.
The royal source added sensible precautions will be taken by those visiting – so who could join the Queen at Windsor this year?
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It has not yet been confirmed where the Prince of Walesthe Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be spending Christmas.
Last year, Prince Charles and Camilla stayed at their Gloucester home, Highgrove House, while the Cambridges spent Christmas at their Norfolk abode, Anmer Hall.
It seems likely that the Queen will be visited by her second son, the Duke of Yorkand his former wife, Sarah, Duchess of Yorkwho live nearby at Royal Lodge.
Her Majesty’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenieis also currently living at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s UK home Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate with her husband, Jack Brooksbankand their ten-month-old son, August.
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The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edwardand his wife, Sophia, live only a 20-minute drive away from Windsor Castle at Bagshot Park in Surrey. The Wessexes could be among the monarch’s first visitors along with their children, Lady Louise Windsor18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14, given their close proximity.
It’s also possible that the monarch’s only daughter, the Princess Royaland her children, Peter Phillips other Zara Tindall, could make the journey to Windsor from Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire during the festive period. The Queen’s eldest great-granddaughter, Savannah Phillips, will celebrate her 11th birthday on 29 December.
Her Majesty traditionally hosts her family at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk over the holidays, and they are watched by crowds as they attend church on Christmas Day. However, the Queen and Prince Philip spent their first Christmas in Windsor in 33 years last year due to the pandemic.
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