Elizabeth II will be able to smile again after a particularly complicated year 2021 for her. The 95-year-old monarch is due to travel to Sandringham Estate in Norfolk to celebrate Christmas with several members of the British Royal Family.

Last year, the festivities were canceled due to the precautions and protocols put in place to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic. The Queen had finally celebrated Christmas with her husband, Prince Philip, at Windsor Castle, where they were in quarantine for much of 2020. The Duke of Edinburgh died last April, at the age of 99 years old. Elizabeth II will therefore celebrate Christmas for the first time without her husband by her side.

New Years Eve celebrated at Windsor Castle

Ahead of this meeting at Sandringham, the Queen is also expected to receive members of the Royal Family for the traditional Christmas Eve lunch this year set to be held at Windsor Castle, not Buckingham Palace as is usually the case. Elizabeth II is also preparing to film her Christmas Day message to the nation.

Each year, members of the Royal Family join Queen Elizabeth at her estate in Sandringham, Norfolk, for Christmas. Guests usually arrive in the early afternoon on Christmas Eve. Earlier in the day, the family walked to St. Mary’s Magdalene Church, located on the grounds. Once out of the church, the royals return to Sandringham House for dinner.

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