Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas bubble: Here’s how the royals will spend the holidays amid the pandemic

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  • The palace has confirmed that the queen will remain in Windsor Castle over the Christmas period.
  • The queen, along with the rest of the royal family, usually spends the holiday at Sandringham - a tradition first established in 1988.
  • "Having considered all the appropriate advice, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor," a palace spokesperson said, amid the pandemic.

While the royals usually spending Christmas at Sandringham, things will be different this year amid the pandemic.

According to ITV News, with the relaxation of lockdown rules, three households are allowed to come together from 23 to 27 December, though people cannot shift from one group to another in that time.

The palace has confirmed that Her Majesty and Prince Philip will not travel to the Norfolk estate this year, with a spokesperson saying: "Having considered all the appropriate advice, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor."

Reports say Prince Edward will likely join the queen and Prince Philip in Windsor, along with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and their two children. Prince Charles and Camilla, and Prince William and Kate Middleton, may also join – if they do not, they'll likely still see the queen over the festive season, even if it isn't on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

"Christmas is something the queen has always done with enormous, genuine family style, and is facing not doing so sadly," royal biographer Robert Lacey, tells People. But "she is accepting of that" he adds.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who recently revealed they'd lost their second child, will remain in the US with Archie for Christmas, with sources telling the publication the couple is "excited to decorate for Christmas". 

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