The Queen’s Christmas is under threat of looking extremely different this year with the loss of her husband, Prince Harry firmly instilled in the US and as a new strain of coronavirus takes hold of the UK.
The monarch was forced to break a 33-year long tradition last year of hosting the family at Sandringham House due to Covid.
Instead, she stayed at Buckingham Palace with just Prince Philip.
On Monday the news broke that the Queen had decided to celebrate Christmas in Windsor this year, rather than travel to Sandringham as usual.
On a normal Christmas, Har Majesty would host Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex.
The family would usually spend its Christmas Eve decorating the tree, exchanging gifts and playing parlour games – before getting royally merry, MyLondon reports.
Although it has not been announced where Harry and Meghan will be spending their Christmas this year, a source reportedly told an entertainment publication in the US that royal “staff know” they are unlikely to be in attendance.
This is made more likely by the current Omicron strain that is taking hold of the UK.
Without the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in attendance, the royal family’s tradition of gifting each other gag presents might be at risk – as Meghan is reportedly the best at giving humorous gifts.
The Duchess of Sussex once presented the Queen with a singing toy hamster, which is said to have had Her Majesty in hysterics.
Royals open presents before Christmas Day to stick to long festive tradition
Another odd tradition for the family is that all of the guests are allegedly weighed after Christmas dinner to see if they have gained weight.
According to royal expert Ingrid Seward who told in 2018 about the tradition, the more weight one member gains the more merriness that person is believed to be experiencing.
It is understood that William and Kate along with their three children George, Charlotte, and Louis are likely to attend if it goes ahead and will do so every Christmas for the foreseeable future.
Queen Elizabeth has spent every Christmas day at Sandringham since 1988.
The Norfolk home has a whopping total of 775 rooms, including 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms.
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