The Cambridge family may be forced to enjoy Christmas far from the Queen with their three young children considered a risk to their elderly grandparents.
The Cambridge family may be forced to enjoy Christmas far from the Queen with their three young children potentially considered a risk to their elderly grandparents. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are unlikely to display severe symptoms of Covid if they were to get it.
No Cambridges at Queen’s Christmas
The monarch and Duke of Edinburgh can form Christmas bubble but with no more than two other households between December 23 and 27. It means the annual Sandringham mass family get together is off, though the Queen is consulting with the rest of the royals as she draws up her bubble.
A source said that they will sort it out between them; it will be about what’s practical. The Queen and Prince Philip are in the highest risk bracket, with the latter’s pre-existing health issues, that saw him hospitalised last Christmas, a key factor in the decision.
Prince William and Kate, with their three children, could opt to spend Christmas with the Middleton family in Berkshire. Nevertheless, Carole and Michael Middleton have two other children as well as Kate – Pippa Matthews and James Middleton. It means one of the three children would not be allowed to gather for Christmas.
The Queen will also have to decide whether she will remain at Windsor Castle, where she and Philip spent the second lockdown, or move to Sandringham. If they choose Sandringham, it is unlikely the annual walk to St Mary Magdalene Church for the Christmas Day service will take place, in order to avoid crowds.
On the other hand, there were reports in September that an uprising among royal staff had left the Queen “furious” and contemplating spending Christmas away from her traditional festive home. Sandringham staff were said to be unhappy about the idea of being stuck in Her Majesty’s bubble for four weeks during the holiday. It would mean they will not see their own families for an extended period.