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Queen Elizabeth cancels Christmas at Sandringham

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Queen Elizabeth cancels Christmas at Sandringham

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Queen Elizabeth has decided to cancel her traditional Christmas plans at her estate in Sandringham, east England, for the second year in a row.

Fox News can confirm that the monarch, 95, will instead celebrate the holidays at Windsor Castle, west London, and will be joined by members of the royal family.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen’s choice “reflects a precautionary approach” as the COVID-19 Omicron variant continues to spread across the UK.

Before the pandemic, each year, members of the royal family spent the holidays with the Queen at the estate and opened their presents on Christmas Eve. Then, on Christmas Day, they attend church services at St. Mary’s Magdalene Church. Then they returned to Sandringham for lunch and other festivities.

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Queen Elizabeth last week canceled her traditional Christmas lunch. She was hoping to host her extended family for the annual reunion next week after last year’s festivities were canceled due to coronavirus restrictions. However, a source revealed on Thursday that this year’s meeting was also disrupted.

Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England.
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“The move is a precautionary measure as it is believed to endanger too many people’s Christmas preparations if it goes through,” a source told Fox News. “While there are regrets that it is being canceled, there is a belief that it is the right thing to do for everyone involved.”

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The past year has been difficult for the Queen. It’s the first holiday season she won’t have her 73-year-old husband by her side. Prince Philip died in April at the age of 99.

Queen Elizabeth cancels Christmas at Sandringham

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend a Thanksgiving service to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey, London on Tuesday October 12, 2021.
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Then in October, she spent a night in a London the hospital for “preliminary inquiries” and rested for a few weeks. She has since taken on light duties, including virtual hearings with diplomats and weekly conversations with the Prime Minister.

Later in November, the palace revealed that Elizabeth had sprained her back and therefore could not attend a ceremony at the London Cenotaph Memorial in honor of the servicemen who sacrificed their lives for the United Kingdom.

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Queen Elizabeth cancels Christmas at Sandringham

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend the Christmas service at St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England on Wednesday December 25, 2019.
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“The queen, having sprained her back, decided this morning with great regret that she will not be able to attend today’s Remembrance Sunday service at the cenotaph,” the statement said. “Her Majesty is disappointed to miss the service.”

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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