The uncertainty about the UK`s future relationship with the EU has prompted the Queen to push back the recording of her Christmas speech.
In normal circumstances, the monarch films the annual address in early to mid-December, but this year the speech has reportedly been delayed due to uncertainty around the negotiations for a post-Brexit trade deal.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen agreed to proceed with negotiations and recede from a no-deal outcome. However, Johnson downplayed expectations of any progress and told the ministers to prepare for a no-deal exit.
Queen Elizabeth was joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Royal as they expressed gratitude to local volunteers and key workers for their efforts and sacrifices during the coronavirus pandemic.
This year the 94-year-old monarch`s speech on Christmas Day is expected to stress on the impact of Covid-19 and the effect it had on many households.
“There’s talk it could happen on Wednesday or Thursday. The country could be a very different place by then with us possibly leaving the EU without a deal,” a source said.
Buckingham Palace did not deny the reports that filming of the Queen`s speech has been delayed because a Brexit deal hasn`t been reached.