So now after all: Queen cancels Christmas dinner – nach Welt

The Queen’s Christmas dinner with her family is actually a tradition. But in view of the corona pandemic and the rapidly spreading omicron variant, it is now likely to fall into the water for the second year in a row. The Queen actually wanted to hold on to it.

Queen Elizabeth II reportedly canceled her traditional Christmas dinner with the royal family. According to British media reports, this happened “with regret” and as a “precautionary measure”.

The reason is apparently the omicron variant of the corona virus, which is spreading rapidly in Great Britain. According to the palace, the fact that the royal Christmas party is canceled is “the right thing for everyone involved,” the Daily Mail quoted insiders who were not named.

The monarch had planned to invite around 50 relatives to dinner in the coming week, before the holidays, including her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On Wednesday it was said that the Queen would stick to the planned event. It was already clear that she would have to do without some guests: Prince Harry and his wife, Duchess Meghan, would not travel with their two children Archie and Lilibet from the USA, it was said.

First Christmas without Prince Philip

It is the second year in a row that the Queen cancels the celebration, which normally takes place at Buckingham Palace. The event was supposed to be held at Windsor Castle this year, which is where the 95-year-old has mainly been since the outbreak of the pandemic.

One day after the Christmas party, the Queen wanted to take a helicopter to Sandringham in Norfolk, where she will spend Christmas as usual. The closest family will join her on Christmas Eve and traditionally attend mass together on December 25th at St. Mary Magdalene Church. It will be the Queen’s first Christmas in 73 years without her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April at the age of 99.


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