A phew of relief. The Queen of England has told her family she feels ‘well enough’ to host the traditional Christmas lunch at Sandringham after recovering from a sprained back. 95-year-old Elizabeth II said she was “impatient” to participate in these end-of-year festivities. Good news as concerns about her health have grown in recent weeks after she gave up a number of major commitments.

Elizabeth II is currently resting under the orders of her doctors at Windsor Castle after injuring herself two weeks ago, resulting in a night in hospital. The Christmas party has a special meaning this year for the monarch, after losing her husband, Prince Philip, in the month of April. Royal sources said she was likely to make a 50-minute helicopter trip from Windsor, but insisted a traditional train trip from London to Kings Lynn had not yet been ruled out.

Almost the entire royal family gathered for Christmas

Christmas guests include Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children. The family of Prince Edward and Princess Anne will also be in attendance. Royal sources have suggested that Prince Andrew, affected by the scandal, had “obviously” been invited, while Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were “very unlikely” to come from California with their two children, despite their invitation.

After a period of absence from public office, the Queen has maintained a regular schedule this week from Windsor Castle. Yesterday, it held two virtual hearings by video conference, welcoming the High Commissioner of Nigeria, Sarafa Tunji Isola, then the Ambassador of Malaysia, Zakri Jaafar.

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