Queen Elizabeth Is 'Currently Going Ahead' With Christmas Party Despite COVID-19 Concerns: 'It Will Be Under Review Right Up Until The Last Moment,' Source Says
Though COVID-19 cases are surging around the world due to the new Omicron variant, it looks like Queen Elizabeth's Christmas party will still take place.
"Currently it is going ahead but obviously it will be under review right up until the last moment," a source told The Sun.
According to the outlet, the 95-year-old will host the shindig at Windsor. "It will likely be the first time so many family members have been together since Philip’s funeral," an insider said. “But obviously everyone must act responsibly and things can change in a short period of time but as it stands they’re all set for Tuesday.”
“There is no way the Queen wants to let anything get in the way of a family event like this ... Particularly with the year she has had after losing her husband and being forced to go on light duties on doctor’s orders," they added.
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The Queen's great-grandchildren, including August, Lucas and Siena, are also expected to make an appearance.
On Christmas Day, the Queen will host at Sandringham before going to St Magdalene Church — the first time without her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April at 99 years old.
The Queen has had a rough year, and she is looking forward to being reunited with her brood for the holidays.
“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."
“After being forced to cancel a host of engagements, the family get-together will be the perfect tonic," the source added.