For the festive season a small group of advisers and servants are planning to move with her and Prince Philip from Windsor Castle to the 20,000-acre Royal Estate in Norfolk. The 94-year-old Emperor is reluctant to be separated from their families to work around, including some key support staff, cleaners, laundry and maintenance workers in Sandringham, who have been taking special precautions since March to catch the coronavirus.
That is, some domestic staff in Windsor, along with private secretaries and other senior advisers, called her the HMS Bubble.
She has not yet officially decided where her senior aides will spend Christmas. A decision will be made in early December.
Since 1988, courtiers have been working on whether the emperor wants to continue the tradition of spending Christmas in Sandringham.
The court usually goes there from before Christmas to after February 6, until the day she ascends the throne after the death of her father, King George VI.
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The court is a place of work so the staff can support her. Wherever she spent it was no ordinary Royal Christmas.
Traditionally, the Windsor clan descends en masse on the Sandringham Estate on Christmas Day, attending church together and dining together at Sandringham House and shooting on Boxing Day.
But, like the rest of the country, the queen and her relatives must abide by government coronavirus regulations that allow only three homes to be merged without switching from one group to another during the five-day period between December 23 and 27.
The Daily Express reported in October that although churches were allowed to open, it was not possible to go to Queen’s Church on Christmas day because Sandringham was at risk of attracting people and infecting people. Virus.
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“If they know they are going to church, people will come and try to see them,” a source said. “The problem is the estate is open to the public.”
During the summer, the Queen and Philip went to Balmoral Castle, deciding to continue the tradition of a break in their Highland retreat. But Queen Krati stopped going to services at Kirk, fearing it would attract crowds.
On Christmas Day in Sandringham about 2,000 people gather on a farm to watch the Royal Family walk from the big house to St. Mary Magdalene Church on the estate. Although the entrances to the grounds could be locked, people could still see them on the wall.
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Royal Family Christmas: Members usually go to church in Sandrignham on Christmas day.
Queen in Sandringham on the eve of Christmas last year
The problem is the estate is open to the public
Despite the fact that the family is in special homes on the estate, the assistants are following the tradition despite the epidemic and need to boost public courage against the danger of sending the wrong message.
The Queen and Philip had four children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Last year, among those who joined the Emperor in Norfolk were Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Duke of York, Princess Beatrice and the then-future fianc ఎ Ederdo Mపెpez, Of Wessex.
Plans are yet to be finalized, but the rest of the family is likely to stay in their own bubbles.
Queen Elizabeth II filmed before her Christmas sermon in Sandringham in 1957
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make their 10-bedroom country retreat on the Sandringham Estate, two miles down the road at Anmer Hall to spend Christmas with their children.
Charles and Camilla can join the Queen for a third of her balloon. This means that Camilla, who goes to see her family immediately after the Christmas Day meal in Sandringham, will not be able to meet her beloved children and grandchildren.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “No decision has been made yet about Christmas.
Sandringham and Windsor Castle, where the Queen and Philip have spent most of their time since March, are both under the government’s latest pandemic restrictions on Tier 2.
The Queen and Prince Philip, photographed with their beloved Corgis at Balmoral in 1972
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In a world of chaos, the British people look to the Queen to provide unity and continuity.
One of the questions most families face this winter may not be that she spends most of her Christmas.
After 31 consecutive years in Sandringham for the festive season, her advisers are well aware that many feel it is customary for her to stay on her private estate in Norfolk. It will be her decision but she thinks her friends will do her part to get there. Touch it in the summer and go see if she goes to Balmoral for her annual stay. But she went ahead with it and her friends hope she will do the same with Sandringham this Christmas.
When her children were young, she spent Christmas in Windsor before moving back to work at the castle, inspiring change in 1988 and the extra space at Sandringham was more comfortable for the growing royal family. No need to worry about her place this year. Wherever they spend Christmas, she and Prince Philip wander the empty rooms.
But Smart Money makes her stick with Sandringham.
Christmas would not be Christmas without her annual broadcast, Norfolk would be in retreat as well.