Queen Elizabeth II canceled her annual pre-Christmas lunch for the royal household.
People reported that the 95-year-old monarch who hoped to host her prolonged household for an annual pre-Christmas bash subsequent week, canceled the celebration as a precautionary measure amid a surge in COVID charges within the U.Ok.
Sources advised the publication that the monarch remorse that the choice needed to be made however felt it’s the proper factor to do below the circumstances. Palace officers however mentioned it was a precautionary measure to keep away from placing members of the family in danger by bringing a big group collectively at Windsor Castle.
The Queen’s determination to name off the lunch for the second yr in a row comes as Britain reported a document 78,610 new infections from the virus on Wednesday December 15.
The pre-Christmas meal is a longstanding custom for the House of Windsor, assembling youngsters, grandchildren, cousins and different members of the prolonged household earlier than the queen leaves for Sandringham, her nation property in Norfolk, the place she celebrates the vacation together with her instant household.
This vacation season additionally marks the Queen’s first one with out her beloved husband Prince Philip by her facet. The Duke of Edinburgh died in April on the age of 99.
The Queen can be anticipated to journey to Sandringham Estate in Norfolk for Christmas with different members of the royal household except the U.Ok. authorities mandates change amid the continued COVID pandemic.
This yr’s deliberate royal household gathering at Sandringham is the newest signal that the Queen is on the mend following her October twentieth hospitalization. After being advised to relaxation by docs, she canceled a number of engagements, together with a last-minute determination to not seem on the Remembrance Day occasion as a consequence of a sprained again in November.