As COVID-19 cases continue to surge around the world, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Charles, Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex have all decided to cancel their plans so they can spend time with the 95-year-old.
One day earlier, it was revealed that the monarch canceled her pre-Christmas lunch to be on the safe side.
“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.”
However, the Queen is hopeful that she can host people at Sandringham, but senior aides said her plans "continue to be under review" for now.
Dickie Arbiter, the Queen's former press secretary, believes the Queen will end up staying at Windsor.
“The luncheon is very important to the Queen because it is the one time of the year when the whole extended family gets together," he said. "Having canceled this lunch I’d be very surprised if she decamped and took her family to Sandringham. Windsor has been a secure bubble since the start of the pandemic. The Queen leads by example and expects the rest of the family to follow suit. In this very infectious time it is better to be safe than sorry."
After losing Prince Philip earlier this year, Queen Elizabeth was excited to be with her brood but now it's unclear what will happen next.
“This year, more than ever, it is incredibly important to Her Majesty to be surrounded by her loved ones," a palace insider said, The Mirror reported. “The Queen is totally committed to hosting everyone as she hopes to make it back to full health in the coming weeks. Her Majesty is resting under doctors’ orders with the intention of being able to fully enjoy the company of her extended family over the holiday period."