THE QUEEN reportedly had a difficult Christmas day celebrating the holiday without Prince Philip, a royal insider has said. For the first time in over 70 years, Her Majesty spent the festive season without the Duke of Edinburgh who died at the age of 99 in April. Due to the spread of the Omicron variant the 95-year-old monarch didn’t travel to Sandringham for the traditional royal Christmas, instead marking the occasion at Windsor Castle.
However, a royal insider has said it is likely that it was her late husband that occupied the monarch’s thoughts. They told US Weekly: “Christmas was a bit of a struggle for the Queen without Prince Philip by her side. “And not being able to spend it with her whole family [didn’t help].”
However, Prince Charles and Camilla did celebrate Christmas with the Queen.Charles, William, and Anne also helped organise a Zoom call so that the monarch could stay in touch with three generations of her family.
Princess Anne was forced to isolate due to her husband testing positive for Covid, while the Cambridges celebrated the holiday at their country residence Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
As the insider notes, this was the best part of the day for the Queen and her great grandchildren in particular. They continued: “Obviously, the Cambridges were disappointed not to be spending the day with the queen, but thanks to modern technology, they video called her first thing in the morning to wish her a Merry Christmas.”
“And the kids excitedly told their great-grandmother about their gifts.” Initially the Queen had intended to fly to Sandringham for Christmas on 22 December. Her Majesty also cancelled her annual Christmas party at Buckingham Palace due to be held on 21 December.
Royal expert Kerene Barefield also told US Weekly that in the build up to Christmas the monarch altered her usual routine due to the emergence of the Omicron variant.
She said: “During that weekend, I know that the queen didn’t go to church at Windsor, which she normally would’ve done, just because she’s just trying to keep everyone safe for Christmas day just in case things can go ahead.”
In the speech she spoke fondly about her late husband as well as offering comfort to all those who had recently lost loved ones.
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