Queen Elizabeth news latest – Christmas DEVASTATION for Her Majesty as covid ruins annual Sandringham celebrations

THE QUEEN has been forced to cancel her Christmas Plans in Sandringham over Covid fears – and it could be the first EVER she has been alone.

She had hoped to celebrate the festive period at her favourite country retreat – as she has done for decades.

But instead, the monarch will stay at Windsor Castle for the second year running.

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

It is not yet known who, if anyone, will join her on December 25 as family members vow to keep the head of state safe.

The Queen has already pulled the plug on her festive family party amid virus panic.

Read our royal family live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Piers Morgan thanks 'Princess Pinocchio'

    PIERS Morgan has given his thanks to Meghan Markle after his Good Morning Britain rant topped Ofcom’s complaints list for 2021.

    Responding to the news, Piers tweeted: "Delighted to have perpetrated the most complained about moment on UK TV for 2021…. especially because every single one of the absurd complaints was rejected. Thanks Princess Pinocchio!"

    Earlier this year, Piers quit GMB as a presenter following a huge number of complaints about the remarks he made concerning the interview Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did with Orpah in March this year.

    Despite this, it was found by Ofcom, that Piers did not breach the broadcasting code and was therefore later cleared by the watchdog.

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    Queen 'wants to set example'

    A royal expert has claimed that The Queen wants to set an "example" for the country and could break a Royal Family Christmas tradition this year, especially following the rising number of Omicron cases.

    Royal commentator Richard Eden told Palace Confidential: “She wants to set an example and she wants to set a good example but everything's very difficult at the moment.

    "People can catch this new variant of the virus even if they’ve been vaccinated and so it might be possible they don't walk to church because they don't want to attract crowds even though they’re outdoors."

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    Queen urged to resign most roles to Charles

    A British columnist has suggested that The Queen should help Prince Charles "establish" himself as the news head of state under her "watchful" eye.

    Sarah Vine told Palace Confidential: “She could just retire and hand over to Charles. I mean she could just say, 'right okay that's it. I'm still Queen.'

    “If we can have two popes. That's what I think would be the sensible thing because I think then he'll have a chance to establish himself under her watchful eye.

    “We'll all get used to the idea, and the country will move forward with that, and then when she very sadly does die, it will be the passing of someone we love and respect and who's always been in our lives. But it won't be a sort of catastrophic kind of organiational.”

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    Meghan really struggled' with removal of her social media

    It has been claimed that Meghan Markle has "really struggled" when she had to give up her social media profiles to join the Royal Family.

    The Duchess of Sussex, 40, had to delete her public Instagram account and blog, The Tig, when she joined the Royal Family. 

    Royal expert Neil Sean claimed that she "really struggled with the removal".

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Mr Sean said: "Meghan really struggled with the removal of her social media."

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    ‘How is The Queen?’ searches explode

    A new finding by Each Night reveals that online searches for ‘How is the Queen’ skyrocketed to 15 times the average volume in one day, an unprecedented spike in people Googling the wellbeing of the Queen, according to Google search data analysis. 

    A spokesperson for Each Night commented on the findings:  

    “The Queen has faced a particularly hard year following the death of her beloved husband of 70 years, Prince Philip, and the loss of a special Christmas tradition – spending the holiday at Sandringham – for the second year in a row, may well hit hard. 

    "The fact that searches for ‘how is the Queen’ have shot so significantly at the news show just how admired the Queen is for her steadfastness and commitment to duty, and many people in the country will hope that she can still enjoy the day with loved ones”.

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    Queen to stay in Windsor for Xmas (Continued…)

    The head of state normally hosts her large family at Sandringham in Norfolk over the holidays, and they are watched by crowds as they attend church on December 25.

    But as coronavirus cases increase rapidly across the country amid the rise of the Omicron variant, the Queen plans to remain at Windsor Castle and will not be attending a public church service on December 25.

    The royal source added sensible precautions will be taken by those visiting.

    It has not yet been confirmed where the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be spending Christmas.

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    Queen to stay in Windsor for Xmas as ‘precautionary measure’

    The Queen has decided to celebrate her first Christmas since the death of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor as a “precautionary” measure amid rising coronavirus cases.

    Rather than travel to Sandringham as usual, the Queen will remain at Windsor where she spent last Christmas with her husband Philip – who died in April.

    A royal source said the Queen will be visited by members of the royal family over the Christmas period after taking the “personal” decision to stay at the Berkshire residence as she did with the late duke last year.

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    Royal Family ‘won’t let the Queen spend Christmas alone’ 

    THE ROYAL family will not let the Queen spend her first christmas without Prince Philip alone, an expert has claimed.

    The monarch, 95, has suffered from bouts of illness recently and has been forced to scrap her traditional trip to Sandringham, Norfolk, as the UK battles rapidly rising cases of the Omicron variant.

    Last year the Queen spent the festive period shielding at Windsor Castle with her late husband Prince Philip.

    This year she had hoped to celebrate the festive period at her favourite country retreat – as she has done for decades.

    But instead, the monarch will stay at Windsor Castle for the second year running.

    It is not yet known who, if anyone, will join her on December 25 as family members vow to keep the head of state safe.

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    Piers Morgan’s Meghan comments drive record year for TV complaints

    Complaints to Ofcom increased by 124% this year, driven in part by Piers Morgan’s comments about the Duchess of Sussex on Good Morning Britain.

    The broadcast in March was the most complained-about TV episode of 2021, prompting 54,595 complaints to the media watchdog.

    Morgan said he did not believe Meghan’s claims about her mental health, made during her headline-grabbing interview with Oprah Winfrey. After clashing with a co-presenter, Morgan departed the programme for good.

    It was a record year for complaints, with more than 150,000 made to Ofcom. The total figure did not include complaints about the BBC, which are handled by the corporation in the first instance.

    Adam Baxter, Ofcom’s director of standards and audience protection, said: “Interestingly, it’s a relatively small number of TV shows driving the lion’s share; the top five most-complained about programmes account for 80% of all complaints.

    “Social media – a digital home for modern-day water-cooler conversations – also has its influence on complaints figures.

    “But for me, these volumes demonstrate the British public’s interest and passion for TV and radio programmes, and shows just how important they are to the cultural fabric of our nation.”

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    Prince William 'will do what his granny asks'

    The Queen reportedly asked Prince William to stop flying in helicopters with the rest of his family over safety fears.

    And the Duke of Cambridge will likely follow his grandmother's advice, according to royal commentator Russell Myers.

    Speaking to ITV's This Morning, Mr Myers said: "There's an old age rule that members of the Royal Family don't travel together and the reason is because if disaster did strike, you would potentially have the line of succession absolutely obliterated.

    "The Queen has apparently had a quiet heard in William's ear and said, 'it's about time to take your hand of the controls, split the family up when you are travelling whether it's up to Norfolk or abroad'.

    "The reason is if with the Cambridge, unfortunately, tragedy did happen, we would see Prince Harry having to come back and take the line of succession.

    "Obviously that would be quite a hot potato with the Sussexes leaving the Royal Family and setting up home in America.

    "He'll do what his granny asks him, I'm sure."

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    Prince Harry king’ searches explode

    A new finding by Each Night reveals that searches for ‘Prince Harry king’ exploded to nearly nine times the average volume, an unprecedented spike in searches for Prince Harry – who would ascend the throne if William and his direct descendants tragically died – becoming King, according to Google search data analysis.  

    A spokesperson for Each Night commented on the findings, saying: “While all The Queen’s family will be incredibly precious to her, Prince William and his three children represent a bright future for the monarchy, and she will want to ensure that they stay safe and well, ready to receive the Crown.

    "While William is an adept pilot, helicopters are not the safest way to travel, and if the worst were to occur, Prince Harry would take the throne." 

    The spokesperson continued to say: "Despite no longer being a working Royal, the explosion in searches for ‘Prince Harry king’ suggest that his popularity is undiminished, with many people considering an alternate universe with him as King”.

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    Meghan & Harry's Christmas move branded a 'slight'

    A royal commentator has said that Meghan and Prince Harry's decision to spend Christmas in Canada, rather than the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family in 2019 was branded an "extraordinary slight" against Her Majesty.

    Speaking on Channel 5 programme "Fergie & Meghan: Inconvenient Royals" Richard Kay claimed: “That seemed an extraordinary slight in many ways.

    “The Queen dearly loves having all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren around her at Christmas.

    “The suggestion was perhaps Harry and Meghan were being selfish about all this.”

    Meghan and Harry travelled with their son Archie to Canada in mid-November 2019 for an announced six-week break from royal duties.

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    Just how compatible are Meg & Harry?

    A COMPATIBILITY expert has studied Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s birthday’s and zodiac signs to give a reading that couples them up together perfectly.

    Compatability expert and astrologer Inbaal Honigman said that Prince Harry, "was born under the sign of Virgo, which is the most organised, logical and sensible sign in the Zodiac."

    She continued: “With a Virgo sun, Taurus moon and Capricorn ascendant, this Prince knows exactly what he's doing.

    “Each one of his transitions in life – military, partying, marriage, moving – has been the result of hours of planning and scrutinising. Nothing is an accident."

    In regards of the Duchess, Inabaal said: “Leos are strong and proud. They will easily rise over adversity because, even though sensitive and easy to crumble on the inside, they are fearless and passionate, and stand up to challenges on the outside."

    “They're compatible, but a lot of sensitivity is needed on his part, and a lot of patience required, on hers," she added.

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    Staff busy preparing Sandringham Estate

    The Queen will leave for the Sandringham Estate on Wednesday and staff are busily preparing rooms.

    Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William, Kate and their children, Prince Andrew and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex’s family are expected to join her.

    Cousins, nephews and nieces have also been invited and will stay in the main house or properties on the sprawling Norfolk estate.

    A source said: “The Queen wants as many family members there as possible.”

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    Fears Harry and Meghan could RULE UK

    THE Queen has been urged to take action "straight away" over fears Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could become the next in line to the throne.

    Over the weekend, numerous sources claimed the Queen has "told William to stop flying his family in helicopters" as she is "terrified" of an accident that could affect the line of succession.

    This would therefore mean it would put Prince Harry directly next in line.

    Royal biographer Angela Levin, who has met and interviewed Prince Harry previously, said: "Action should be taken straight away."

    Taking to Twitter she told her 23 thousand followers: "The thought of H or it would be M taking the throne is ………..!"

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    Queen misses church

    Her Majesty, 95, cancelled her usual Sunday devotions on the Windsor estate to avoid any risk of becoming infected.

    Sources say the monarch — who has been in good health and walking without a stick — opted to “cut down” on social interactions ahead of the get-together for safety’s sake.

    Her traditional pre-Christmas lunch at Windsor Castle had already been axed to try to ensure family members did not pick up the virus.

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    George's 'most genuine smile' yet

    According to a body language expert, Prince George looks "very happy" and "engaged" in the most recent photo released of the young royal.

    The Christmas card the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose for this year features the family of five during a trip to Jordan.

    Dr Lillian Glass, an internationally-renowned body language expert analysed the image for Express.co.uk.

    She noted that George, third in line for the throne, looked “very happy and comfortable” in the snap.

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    The Queen's 'light duties'

    Tuesday's party had been moved from Buckingham Palace to Windsor where the Queen remains on “light duties” after health scares.

    Officials are looking into plans that may mean the Queen and the rest of the Royals could spend Christmas at Windsor Castle. 

    The Queen has already cancelled a Christmas party at Windsor Castle for her extended family due to Covid concerns.

    In her Christmas broadcast, Her Majesty is expected to herald the indomitable spirit of the British people.

    The source added: “The Queen believes we are all in this together and we should all abide by the public health guidelines to keep each other safe.”

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    George, Charlotte and Louis get two Christmases

    Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are undoubtedly excited for the festivities this year.

    And if they do spend Christmas with the Queen in Norfolk, the royal children may find they get two Christmas celebrations this year.

    Etiquette expert and former royal butler Grant Harrold explained the festive gift traditions of the Royal Family.

    Mr Harrold said: “The kids still get to spend Christmas morning like, hopefully, every other kid in the country and get to open their presents on Christmas morning.

    “With the royals, Christmas more than anything for the Queen is very much about having the family together.

    “Having that time with them all, spending time with the grandkids and the great-grandkids, and having that little tradition of the fun Christmas gifts with the afternoon tea.

    “And then they have I suppose you’d call it a ‘Christmas dinner’ as they have a big dinner in the evening, but then the next day they have a lunch.”

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    Christmas Eve TV change

    Royal Carols: Together At Christmas, which will air on December 24 at 7.30pm on ITV, will also include a whole host of festive performances, readings and carols introduced by The Duchess of Cambridge. 

    The service was filmed on December 8, and Kate was seen wowing in a festive Catherine Walker coat with large bow detail, a red dress, and the Queen Mother’s sapphire fringe earrings loaned to her by the Queen.

    The show was switched from the BBC at the last minute following a row over the BBC Two’s The Princes And The Press, which examined William and Harry’s relationship with the media.

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    Harry & Meghan 'first to donate' to charity

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex donated to the first ever Annual Montecito Holiday Car Parade, which took place in their local California neighbourhood last week. 

    The local paper wrote: "As the merriment still lingers in the air, here’s to a new Montecito holiday tradition!

    "Thanks to the many parade sponsors including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who were first to donate."

    The couple showed their support for their new hometown as they joined a select few donors in supporting the festive car procession.

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    Kate Middleton might be the ‘most powerful person'

    According to a royal expert, the Duchess of Cambridge’s influence on the Royal Family is massive.

    On top of this, she is also the fourth most popular royal, according to a YouGov poll.

    Royal expert Camilla Tominey said: “This is often overlooked, but she is arguably the most powerful person in the royal family,” Tominey said in a video for The Telegraph, “because she is the wife of a future King and the mother of a future King.”

    “When it comes to their generation, you could say [Kate and Prince William] are ruling the royal roost".

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    How the Royal Family usually spends Christmas Day (Continued…)

    • The Queen's Speech – The message is prerecorded which means the Queen can watch it back surrounded by her loved ones.
    • Chats with the Queen – According to former royal butler Paul Burrell, all the royals like to have a one-to-one chat with the Queen during the day, but there's one popular time to do it. That's when: "she's seated at her card table, before and after dinner, she will sit and play Bridge or Canasta and she'll always ask people to join her".
    • Dinner – Despite the hearty breakfast and big lunch the royal chefs put on an evening buffet for dinner.
    • Chef Darren says there's "a buffet dinner with 15-20 different items. It's always a buffet with the chefs at the table carving."

    Queen 'has just over 24h to decide Xmas plans'

    THE Queen will make a decision over her Christmas celebrations in the next 48 hours as Covid rates surge in the UK. 

    Her Majesty may have to cancel or change her plans if the Government imposes tougher restrictions to stop the spread of the Omicron variant.

     It is understood that she is currently awaiting advice from her senior aides who are in regular contact with Number 10 officials. 

    A source told the Mirror: “The Queen and the rest of the family are mindful the situation is ever changing and many thousands of families may also be affected.

    “A decision on whether the Queen travels as planned will be made as soon as possible.

    "If alternative arrangements need to be made, right up to the last minute as per government advice, Her Majesty will lead from the front.”

    How the Royal Family usually spends Christmas Day

    When it comes to Christmas Day, the royals have a very set way of celebrating. Here’s exactly what they do on Christmas Day:

    • Breakfast – The Royals kick off the big day with the first of many meals – breakfast – although some of them split up to eat.
    • Church – The public usually gets to see the Royals when they head out to a traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene.
    • Christmas lunch – Royal Chef Darren revealed exactly what the Queen eats during an interview with Good Housekeeping. He said: “After church, that’s when they have a big lunch that includes a salad with shrimp or lobster, and a roasted turkey, and all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert.
      “They stick with the same meal year after year.”

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