The Queen has cancelled her traditional pre-Christmas family lunch that was due to be held next week.
The Queen has cancelled her traditional pre-Christmas family lunch that was due to be held next week as Covid spreads rapidly through the UK.
ITV’s royal correspondent Chris Ship suggested that the lunch could put too many people’s Christmas arrangements at risk if it went ahead.
Her Majesty was planning on holding the lunch at Windsor Castle with 50 or so relatives in attendance, including Prince Charles and Camilla.
However, it was announced this morning, December 16, that she has cancelled “with regret” as a “precautionary measure.”
Royal sources said: “There is a belief that it is the right thing to do for all concerned.”
This is the second year in a row that the monarch has had to cancel the event that is usually held at Buckingham Palace.
Last year, the event was called off because of the Delta variant.
It comes as the UK was told yesterday to be sensible about Christmas plans and to not socialise with strangers amid the highest recorded Covid cases.
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