Queen Elizabeth II is considering plans of spending Christmas at Sandringham with Prince Philip and a small team of advisers and servants to move from Windsor Castle to the 20,000-acre royal estate in Norfolk for the festive season.
Moving with some workers comes as some major support staff at Sandringham, like cleaners, laundry and maintenance workers, have proved reluctant to spend Christmas outside their family circle to be able to work for the Queen, 94, who has been taking high social distancing measures since March to avoid the virus.
Although it’s also understood that she and her senior aides are yet to formally decide where she will spend Christmas, but a decision is highly expected in the early weeks of December.
But courtiers are currently working on the prediction that the Queen will likely want to maintain the tradition of spending Christmas at Sandringham, a culture she has kept since 1988.
Staff are highly needed to be able to support her because the court is a place of work. But it’ll not be a normal royal Christmas for the royals, not minding where she spends it due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Usually, the Windsor clan moves in their numbers to the Sandringham estate on Christmas Day, going to church together and enjoying lunch together at Sandringham House and have a shoot on Boxing Day.
But all of that wouldn’t be possible this year as the Queen and the rest of the royal family members are expected to keep the government coronavirus restriction measures which allow only three households to mix during a five-day period between December 23 and 27 without moving from one group to another.