Queen Elizabeth is expected to host Christmas in Sandringham this year after telling her family she’s “far better” after a sprained back.
It would be the first Christmas on the Queen’s estate in Norfolk since her husband, Prince Philip, died.
Last year, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh spent Christmas alone at Windsor Castle due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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The holiday was held at Windsor for the first time since 1987 before the festivities were moved to Sandringham.
The mirror reports that the 95-year-old is looking forward to celebrating Christmas with his family after being kept apart last year.
“The Queen has told everyone that she’s feeling much better lately and is very much looking forward to welcoming them to Christmas,” a source told the publication.
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The monarch has slowly returned to face-to-face engagements in the past week after doctors ordered her to rest and take on only light duties.
Her Majesty was forced to cancel a performance at the Remembrance Sunday service on 14 November. Earlier, the Queen had withdrawn from COP26 in Scotland and a brief visit to Northern Ireland after spending the night in hospital on 20 October.
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The Queen is likely to travel to Sandringham by helicopter instead of taking the train to King’s Lynn, as she has done in the past, the publication reports. But it has not yet been confirmed.
Her Majesty is expected to arrive in Norfolk on Friday 17 December. She usually stays there until early February.
Members of the Royal Family will be able to gather in Sandringham this year with the corona boundaries of social gatherings now lifted.
Those expected to join the Queen of Sandringham include Prince Charles and Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and their children Lady Louise and Viscount Severn are also among the guests likely to be included, as they have been in previous years.
The meeting is also set to include Princess Anne, Peter Phillips and Zara and Mike Tindall and their three children.
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and daughter Sienna, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank and son August, are likely to be there.
Royal Christmases in Sandringham typically include the above guest list along with Prince Andrew, who lives nearby with ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are unlikely to return to Britain from California with Archie and Lilibet despite being invited by the Queen. Her Majesty has not seen Archie since shortly after his birth in 2019, while she has not yet met Lili.
The Queen is said to be “determined” to attend the morning service at nearby St Mary Magdalene Church on December 25.
In previous years, she has been driven there while other members of her family take the short walk and meet members of the public along the route.
They then return to the estate for Christmas lunch and an afternoon stroll.
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