Queen Elizabeth news latest – Her Majesty's EXACT plans for Christmas revealed as Omicron Covid destroys her schedule

THE Queen will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle as she won’t travel to Sandringham as the decision is described "precautionary approach” due to rising Omicron cases in the UK.

This means that the monarch will have a more relaxed and low-key Christmas this year. Experts claim there will be no games of charades and limited gift-giving.

Instead of the usual 30-person celebration the Queen is used to hosting for, this year she is expected to have no more than 15 family members.

Royal commentator Phil Dampier told The Sun: "Obviously it's going to be much smaller and it's going to be similar to last year.

"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."

Phil added that: "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."

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Piers Morgan’s Meghan comments drive record year for TV complaints

    Complaints to Ofcom increased by 124% this year, driven in part by Piers Morgan’s comments about the Duchess of Sussex on Good Morning Britain.

    The broadcast in March was the most complained-about TV episode of 2021, prompting 54,595 complaints to the media watchdog.

    Morgan said he did not believe Meghan’s claims about her mental health, made during her headline-grabbing interview with Oprah Winfrey. After clashing with a co-presenter, Morgan departed the programme for good.

    It was a record year for complaints, with more than 150,000 made to Ofcom. The total figure did not include complaints about the BBC, which are handled by the corporation in the first instance.

    Adam Baxter, Ofcom’s director of standards and audience protection, said: “Interestingly, it’s a relatively small number of TV shows driving the lion’s share; the top five most-complained about programmes account for 80% of all complaints.

    “Social media – a digital home for modern-day water-cooler conversations – also has its influence on complaints figures.

    “But for me, these volumes demonstrate the British public’s interest and passion for TV and radio programmes, and shows just how important they are to the cultural fabric of our nation.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Kate Middleton causes ‘Miu Miu cardigan’ searches to spike 

    A new finding by creative resource Design Bundles has revealed that online searches for ‘Miu Miu cardigan’ skyrocketed to nearly ten times the average volume in one day.

    It's an unprecedented spike in people Googling Miu Miu cardigans, according to analysis of Google search data.  

    Kate Middleton’s £1350 Miu Miu cardigan, which is crafted of red cashmere and features a white peter pan collar, bauble detail, and diamond patterns, sold out online just days after the Duchess of Cambridge revealed it in the Royal Carols trailer.  

    A spokesperson for Design Bundles commented on the findings: “Any designer lucky enough to have Kate Middleton model their pieces is set for life, as anything the Duchess of Cambridge wears just sells out in days, with women all over the world desperate to emulate her look. Kate’s rich red Miu Miu cardigan, interspersed with the shining coils of her hair, creates a beautiful Christmassy look, perfect for the season”.

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan & Harry's request rejected

    According to unearthed accounts, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were snubbed by a local business on a Christmas trip to Vancouver Island.

    Last year, due to coronavirus restrictions, it meant that the Sussexes could not have returned to the UK to visit the rest of the royals.

    Back in 2019, the royal couple spent the Christmas in Canada. However, their trip did not go entirely to plan.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had planned to eat at Deep Cove Chalet, an upmarket seafood restaurant boasting magnificent waterfront views.

    Unfortunately, the couple’s request to eat at a local restaurant was rejected.

    This was because there were apparently security difficulties with hosting two of the most recognised people on the planet.

    Therefore, the restaurant’s owners, Bev and Pierre Koffel, turned down a request to host the royal couple for dinner.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen 'sidelined' Prince Harry & Meghan with 2019 Xmas speech

    According to a book, the Duke and Duchess of Susses felt sidelined in the royal family long before they decided to quit their senior position as royals.

    In the biography Finding Freedom, it claims that the couple felt "sidelined" when no picture of them and their son Archie were displayed as Her Majesty gave her Christmas speech back in 2019.

    Despite this, in the previous year, Harry and Meghan appeared in a photo with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as the Queen read her message.

  • Milica Cosic

    Royal rule that means Kate & Meghan must bow to Beatrice & Eugenie

    It is claimed that an ancient royal protocol rules that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle should curtsy to Princesses Anne, Beatrice and Eugenie, as well as to Her Majesty.

    At royal gatherings everyone should curtsy before the Queen, but the two duchesses are meant to formally greet princesses from birth, like Princesses Anne, Beatrice and Eugenie.

    The ancient rule was first rolled out by Tudor Queen Elizabeth I in 1595.

    British aristocracy expert Wendy Bosberry-Scott said women who marry in are viewed as having lower status than their full-royal blood counterparts.

    Bosberry-Scott, told People: "Women of the royal family who marry in like Kate and Meghan gain their titles by marriage and therefore are of a lower rank than those born into their titles."

  • Milica Cosic

    Kate Middleton might be the ‘most powerful person’

    According to a royal expert, the Duchess of Cambridge’s influence on the Royal Family is massive.

    On top of this, she is also the fourth most popular royal, according to a YouGov poll.

    Royal expert Camilla Tominey said: “This is often overlooked, but she is arguably the most powerful person in the royal family,” Tominey said in a video for The Telegraph, “because she is the wife of a future King and the mother of a future King.”

    “When it comes to their generation, you could say [Kate and Prince William] are ruling the royal roost”.

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Charles makes donation to support Afghans

    Charles has made a "substantial personal donation" to a crisis appeal for Afghanistan that raised more than £17.5million in five days.

    At the Disasters Emergency Committee's Afghanistan Crisis Appeal, Prince Charles said: "The situation in Afghanistan is truly catastrophic. 

    "More than half the population will face acute hunger and freezing temperatures this winter, including one million children under five who could die unless they receive immediate treatment for malnutrition."

    The 15 UK charities in the appeal have bought stoves and firewood and are supplying clothing and screening children for malnutrition.

    The UK Government has agreed to match the first £10million donated by the public.

  • Milica Cosic

    William’s favourite Xmas film tops the UK’s favourite festive movies

    Research conducted by PokerListings.com analysed IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes scores, as well as Google search levels and Wikipedia page views to see which Christmas movie is the UK’s number one fan favourite.

    • ‘Elf’, which is Prince William’s favourite Christmas film is named the UK’s favourite Christmas movie
    • ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘Home Alone’ take second and third respectively
    • ‘Love, Actually’ and ‘Last Christmas’ also make the list

    Explained: Will the Royal Xmas walkabout be cancelled?

    Rumours spread that the royals were set to call off their traditional Christmas Day walkabout over fears it could become an Omicron super-spreader.

    Thousands of royal watchers normally gather to greet members of the Firm during their annual December 25 stroll, with some queueing from the early hours of the morning to catch a glimpse of the royal clan.

    But aides have reportedly advised the monarch to close the gates to her private grounds to curb coronavirus transmission, The Mirror reports.

    The Sandringham estate may not be closed altogether, but sources claim staff “fully expect” the famous footpath will be fenced off.

    One said: “Of course everyone would love everything back to normal – but the situation is anything but.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Camilla on father’s role during WWII (Continued…)

      She said BFBS’ work “raises morale, forges a sense of community and lessens the distance from loved ones”.

      The duchess said: “I know a little of the importance of maintaining the connection between serving personnel and their family because during the Second World War, my father was held as a prisoner of war in Germany.

      “Officially, his role was to be the laundry officer. Unofficially, it fell to him and half a dozen others to create and listen to a very basic radio to glean precious news of home and share it with their fellow prisoners.

      “Periodic Nazi raids would locate and destroy the carefully-built wireless sets, but they were always replaced as quickly as possible – the men could cope with almost anything as long as they were not deprived of some form of contact with home.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Camilla spoke of her father’s role during WWII

      The Duchess of Cornwall spoke of her father’s role in sharing “precious news of home” with fellow prisoners of war during the Second World War as she became a patron of the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS).

      In a video message, Camilla said she was “very proud” to take on the patronage of the military charity and media organisation.

      BFBS distributes entertainment and information services including TV, audio and digital media to UK armed forces around the world.

      Camilla praised the organisation for supporting “our service men and women wherever they may find themselves”, as well as their families, “who face immense challenges”.

    • Milica Cosic

      Royal news you may have missed

      • We shared how Meghan’s ‘mask slipped’ showing ‘hostile behaviour’ in interview before she met Harry, says body language expert.
      • Meanwhile, Meghan showed her real feelings about her royal title with one gesture on Ellen show, says body language expert.
      • And Meghan and Prince Harry will skip Christmas with "disappointed" Queen & will celebrate in $15m pad, it’s claimed.

      Awkward moment Meghan Markle fan is busted

      TikTok user Laura-Ann Barr has shared the hilarious moment when the Duchess asked her if she had picked the bouquet from her own garden, pretending that she had.

      The woman shakes Meghan’s hand and gives her a bouquet of flowers, saying: “Nice to meet you, congratulations.”

      Meghan can be heard asking for Laura’s name, before saying: “Thank you, are these from your garden?”

      In a moment of panic, Laura replies: “Yes.”

      Meghan then adds: “Oh my goodness how sweet, thank you for thinking of me. That’s really kind.”

      Laura-Ann, who posts under @allthatspretty admittited that: “They were really just from Tesco.”

      One person wrote: “Sorry this is so funny.”

      Another added: “No hesitation," while a third wrote: “Finds the price tag”, while a fourth queried: “What made her think they were from your garden?!”

      Real reason Queen can never reveal Prince Philip's will

      One reason the late Duke's will is not to be made public for at least 90 years is to protect the Sovereign's position.

      Further to this, judge Sir Andrew McFarlane said it must remain secret to protect the Queen's "dignity and standing".

      Sir Andrew said to the BBC: "I have held that, because of the constitutional position of the Sovereign, it is appropriate to have a special practice in relation to royal wills.

      "There is a need to enhance the protection afforded to truly private aspects of the lives of this limited group of individuals in order to maintain the dignity of the Sovereign and close members of her family."

      Lilibet & Archie may never spend Christmas in UK

      Queen Elizabeth II might never be able to welcome her great-grandchildren, Lilibet Diana and Archie Harrison, to celebrate Christmas at Sandringham, according to a royal journalist.

      Royal journalist Daniela Elser has now claimed she doubts the young Sussexes will ever get to wake up at Sandringham on Christmas morning.

      She said: “Harry and Meghan's son Archie, who is about to enjoy his third Christmas, has never spent the holidays in the UK or with his father's family. Sadly, at the rate things are going, he never might.”

      • Milica Cosic

        Just how compatible are Meg & Harry?

        A COMPATIBILITY expert has studied Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s birthday’s and zodiac signs to give a reading that couples them up together perfectly.

        Compatability expert and astrologer Inbaal Honigman said that Prince Harry, “was born under the sign of Virgo, which is the most organised, logical and sensible sign in the Zodiac.”

        She continued: “With a Virgo sun, Taurus moon and Capricorn ascendant, this Prince knows exactly what he’s doing.

        “Each one of his transitions in life – military, partying, marriage, moving – has been the result of hours of planning and scrutinising. Nothing is an accident.”

        In regards of the Duchess, Inabaal said: “Leos are strong and proud. They will easily rise over adversity because, even though sensitive and easy to crumble on the inside, they are fearless and passionate, and stand up to challenges on the outside.”

        “They’re compatible, but a lot of sensitivity is needed on his part, and a lot of patience required, on hers,” she added.

      • Milica Cosic

        Staff busy preparing Sandringham Estate

        The Queen will leave for the Sandringham Estate on Wednesday and staff are busily preparing rooms.

        Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William, Kate and their children, Prince Andrew and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex’s family are expected to join her.

        Cousins, nephews and nieces have also been invited and will stay in the main house or properties on the sprawling Norfolk estate.

        A source said: “The Queen wants as many family members there as possible.”

      • Milica Cosic

        The Cambridge's' love for Monopoly

        Brits have previously heard of the Royal's love of charades, although it seems the next generation have begun to favour board games – despite some struggling with defeat.

        Prince William explained: "We’re playing board games with the children quite a lot. We love Monopoly, that’s good.

        "And Risk, that’s a good game. It goes on for hours, and usually everybody gets very cross because they lose."

      • Milica Cosic

        ‘How is The Queen?’ searches explode

        A new finding by Lucky Creek reveals that online searches for ‘How is the Queen’ skyrocketed to 15 times the average volume in one day, an unprecedented spike in people Googling the wellbeing of the Queen, according to Google search data analysis. 

        A spokesperson for Each Night commented on the findings:  

        “The Queen has faced a particularly hard year following the death of her beloved husband of 70 years, Prince Philip, and the loss of a special Christmas tradition – spending the holiday at Sandringham – for the second year in a row, may well hit hard. 

        "The fact that searches for ‘how is the Queen’ have shot so significantly at the news show just how admired the Queen is for her steadfastness and commitment to duty, and many people in the country will hope that she can still enjoy the day with loved ones”.

      • Milica Cosic

        Prince William's fave movie

        The Duke of Cambridge discussed his love for the 2003 classic Elf, a comedy that has continued to tickle him each year.

        "It’s very funny and I keep watching it every Christmas, it still makes me laugh," he said.

        But he was less decisive when it came to what music the family rock around the tree too, "because he loves so many different types of songs."

        "But for this particular chat, I’m going to say Feliz Navidad, because it’s a bit different," he said.

      • Milica Cosic

        Inside Kate Middleton & Prince William’s Christmas

        PRINCE William shared a sneak peek into how the Cambridges spend Christmas.

        It turns out the Royal Family are a fan of Will Ferrell's Christmas hit Elf, just like the rest of us, while tiffs over board games also come with the territory.

        The 39-year-old told of his favourite past times, how much turkey he tucks into and even his favourite Christmas tune.

        He said: "Food is quite important to me at Christmas. I do tend to eat a lot at Christmas.

        "There’s always a tiny little bit of space left in my stomach somewhere for a bit more turkey or sausage or, you know, a bit of wine."

        Read the article in full here.

      • Milica Cosic

        Who's to join the Queen for Xmas this year?

        Last Christmas was the first in 32 years that Her Majesty had not been at Sandringham for the holiday.

        She spent the big day shielding at Windsor with her late husband Prince Philip, who died in April aged 99.

        And this year's scenes look set to be rather similar, with the Firm avoiding contact with as many people as possible as daily infections in the UK again soar past 90,000.

        It is not yet known who, if anyone, will join her on December 25 as family members vow to keep the head of state safe.

      • Milica Cosic

        Royal Family to receive gifts in another way this year

        Royal family members may receive their gifts in another way this year, as it has been announced she will not be spending the festive season at Sandringham.

        Her Majesty has been forced to scrap her traditional trip to Norfolk, as the UK battles rapidly rising cases of the Omicron variant.

        She had hoped to celebrate the festive period at her favourite country retreat – as she has done for decades.

        But instead, the monarch will stay at Windsor Castle for the second year running.

      • Milica Cosic

        The Queen's mini pop-up shop

        Her Majesty, 95, has a very special shopping experience set up for her so she can pick gifts for her four kids, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

        According to former butler Paul Burrell, who worked for the Queen and Princess Diana, the monarch gets her very own John Lewis pop-up shop at Windsor Castle.

        He told Closer magazine: "Firstly, she has catalogues sent to her, and then the Oxford Street branch of John Lewis sends her a selection of almost everything they stock.

        “There is a little ‘shop’ set up in the drawing room at Windsor Castle and the Queen can pop in and choose gifts at her leisure. Late at night, after dinner, usually around 10pm, she’ll pop into her little Christmas shop and do some shopping.

        “The Queen always chooses practical gifts that can be used – never ornaments or decorative things. So she might pick some picnic plates, a tablecloth, or a couple of hand towels. Then they are wrapped up and a truckload of presents are ready to go to Sandringham.”

      • Milica Cosic

        Queen 'kept awake' by fear Harry will 'dismantle' Firm

        A royal commentator has claimed that The Queen has sleepless nights over fears the throne would be handed to Prince Harry if disaster ever struck Prince William's family.

        Royal commentator Daniela Elser in The New Zealand Herald questioned whether Harry would “dismantle” the institution “he has shown a dearth of respect for or interest in.”

        Daniela also wondered how he would reshape or remake the organisation which “he has blamed for so many of his problems and so much of his unhappiness.”

        She said: "Given Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex's loud and pique-fuelled bombardment of the palace this year, it would be understandable if even the remotest possibility of the monarchy ending up in their hands was something keeping his Gan Gan awake at night."

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