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Will the Queen give Sandringham a miss again this Christmas?



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The Queen may not be paying her traditional Christmas visit to Sandringham this month.

National media is speculating that she will be staying at Windsor for a second year running due to the ongoing pandemic.

Her Majesty had been expected to come to West Norfolk this week, probably by helicopter rather than on the train from King's Cross to King's Lynn.

A Lynn News Archive Special with pictures of HM Queen Elizabeth in and around West Norfolk over many years.. (53801917)
A Lynn News Archive Special with pictures of HM Queen Elizabeth in and around West Norfolk over many years.. (53801917)

But the Mirror said today that the move to Sandringham "continues to be under review".

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and wife Sophie have agreed to reduce all but essential contacts so they can be with the 95-year-old Queen on December 25.

The traditional royal family pre-Christmas lunch at Windsor Castle with some 50 guests has already been cancelled due to Covid fears.

Palace sources are suggesting now that the Queen will forego Sandringham altogether in the circumstance.

Last Christmas was the first one in 32 years that Her Majesty had not been at Sandringham for the festive season.

She normally stays until Accession Day at the beginning of February - the day her father passed away at Sandringham.

That will mean disappointment for the many in West Norfolk who look forward to seeing her and to the thousands who turn up on Christmas Day to see her and the royal family go to church at Sandringham but in the present circumstances with the Omicron variant ever gaining strength many others might consider it the right thing for her to do.



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