Royal family’s Christmas Day plans as they’re forced to separate for first time

Christmas Day is normally a highlight in the royal calendar, as the family come together to celebrate the festivities in Sandringham.

The Queen is joined by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to celebrate in Sandringham, with the day including a trip to church, greeting well-wishers, delicious food and lots of time together.

But like many families, their plans are a little different this year as they follow government and medical advice to stay safe and protect others from Covid-19.

The Monarch hopes their decision to sacrifice their celebrations will inspire others to be careful on the day, and to avoid taking risks which could put the people they love in danger.

Even though it’s not what they’re used to, we hope the Queen, Philip, Charles, Camilla, Kate, William, George, Charlotte, Louis, Meghan and Harry will all have fantastic days.

We’ve had a look through what they’re all getting up to today…

The Queen and Prince Philip
The couple will spend the day just the two of them at Windsor Castle, where they spent both lockdowns.

They will spend time chatting to other royals via video call.

Insiders had said they had hoped to see other members of the family in a socially distanced manner due to restrictions, but the introduction of Tier 4 will affect this.

Insiders also revealed the monarch wanted Palace staff – who have spent months isolating from their families creating “HMS Bubble” to protect her and Philip – to be given as much opportunity to see their families rather than move with her to Sandringham.

Palace sources also confirmed that despite official guidance allowing ­gatherings for worship, the Queen will not attend a church service on Christmas Day to avoid attracting any crowds.

A Palace source said: “The Queen is acutely aware of the need for caution throughout the crisis and the Christmas period is no different.

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“The Queen and The Duke are ­fortunate to spend Christmas with their family every year.

“They understand that their family will have competing demands over the Christmas period and are content to have a quiet festive season this year.

“Like everyone they hope things will get back to normal in 2021.”

The Cambridges
George, Charlotte and Louis are at the best age for Christmas – so it’s a real shame they won’t get to see their royal grandparents this year.

However, they managed to escape London before Tier 4 was introduced and have returned to Anmer Hall where they spent the first lockdown.

The family’s stunning countryside home is in Tier 2 Norfolk, which means they are still allowed to form a Christmas bubble if they wish.

When bubbles were first announced, they planned to spend the day at Kate’s parents’ home in Bucklebury with the Middletons.

However, when Berkshire and London were placed into Tier 3, Kate offered to host the festivities, report the Mail.

But the Prime Minister’s announcement last weekend meant Berkshire was in Tier 4, meaning, like many other families, they were left disappointed.

There is now a ban on Carol and Mike, and Kate’s sister Pippa and her family mixing households.

So it’s likely that the Cambridges will just be a five this year.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Archie
The Sussexes are now living in America, so there is a chance they wouldn’t have been back in the UK for Christmas anyway.

The family will spend the day in the new LA home, which they bought earlier this year, in line with the American coronavirus rules and restrictions.

Charles and Camilla
The heir to the throne and his wife, Camilla, will spend Christmas at their Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire – which is Tier 2.

Before the latest restrictionss a Palace source said they “expect to have a chance to see The Queen and The DoE at Windsor at some point”.

However, as Windsor is now Tier 4 it won’t be possible.

However, because Camilla will see her family over the festive period, the couple may have to resort to seeing the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in a socially distanced manner in the grounds of Windsor.

The Yorks
This Christmas will be Princess Beatrice and her new husband Edo’s first as a married couple, so it will be a special one wherever they are.

Her younger sister, Princess Eugenie, is heavily pregnant with her first child.

The princesses has been expected to spend Christmas with their parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, in Windsor, where they live.

However, the area is now Tier 4 which means they can’t mix.

The family decided to live together for the first lockdown, which allowed Andrew to walk Beatrice down the aisle, but it’s unknown where they have spent the later part of the pandemic.