Inside What Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Lunch Might Have Looked Like: Prince Philip Tribute, Kids Eat In Separate Rooms & More
Even though Queen Elizabeth canceled her pre-Christmas lunch with her family due to COVID-19 cases spiking, royal expert Phil Dampier — who writes a weekly column for The Royal Observer — predicted what the event would have looked like.
According to Dampier, the lunch is not formal. “The Queen is very family-orientated,” he said. “And, having lost Prince Philip this year and not being able to see a lot of people due to restrictions, this is an opportunity for people who don’t see each other much during the year to get together. It’s very much a sit-down meal, and they have the normal turkey like anyone else, with all the trimmings.”
Dampier noted that the affair doesn't involve a lot of booze. “There is alcohol and some people obviously have more than others like all families,” he shared. "Prince William and Mike Tindall enjoy drinking — and love the Sandringham cider when they're in Sandringham — but if they're driving, they won't be drinking at all."
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Since Prince Philip will not be there, Dampier believes "a few words will be said" about him, "and they will raise a glass to him."
Additionally, the adults make the children go to another room so they can enjoy their time kid-free.
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The teenagers — Prince Edward’s children, Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 13 — step in and keep an eye on the tots.
“There’s that division between the kids and the grown-ups, so the grown-ups can all sit down and have a natter,” Dampier said.
On December 16, it was revealed that the shindig would not happen after all.
“The pre-Christmas family lunch will not be going ahead," a senior palace source said, The Sun reported. “The decision is a precautionary one as it is felt to put too many people’s Christmas arrangements at risk if it went ahead. While there is regret that it is canceled, there is a belief it is the right thing to do for all concerned.”