Since COVID-19 cases are climbing each day, Queen Elizabeth is set to celebrate Christmas at Windsor with a small group of royals, which most likely include Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Charles and mire.
"Obviously it's going to be much smaller and it's going to be similar to last year," Phil Dampier, who writes a weekly column for The Royal Observer, told The Sun. "Except obviously, the one big difference is that Prince Philip is not going to be there. It wouldn't surprise me if Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Andrew and possible Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex and maybe some others — a small hard core of people — join her for lunch. But I think it's more likely to be a dozen people rather than the 30 or so up at Sandringham."
"At Windsor you've probably got a tailor-made bubble of people who are regularly tested and who will be able to cope with a smaller number of people," he continued. "So they work shifts where there's a certain number of people on and a certain number of people off. I can't believe that she'll be on her own completely. So I'm sure that some members of the family will join her on the day."
Dampier believes the crew will have a small luncheon before they watch the Queen's annual speech.
"They will probably have some sort of church service, or religious service in the morning, be it in the private chapel inside the castle or be it in St George's chapel," he predicted. "It's more likely to be in the private chapel. There is a very small private chapel inside the castle. And then I suspect they will have drinks as normal before lunch."
"Of course they open their presents in the German tradition on Christmas Eve. So I suspect there will be a certain amount of that," he added. "Again it's going to be very scaled down. And obviously normally there would be lots of children running about and opening up their presents. The kids tend to have quite expensive, serious presents and the adults tend to give each other joke-y presents, cheap ones. But I think all of that will go out the window. They just won't want people mixing very much."