Christmas will definitely be different for the British royals this year. In particular, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will have to accept a disappointment.
This year everything is a little different – also for the Royals. This year’s Christmas party threatens to develop into a bitter disappointment, especially for Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
“Rule of 6” is the undoing of the Royals
All over the world, social life is more or less coming to a standstill because of the corona pandemic. The number of infections is currently rising again so strongly in all European countries that a second nationwide lockdown can no longer be ruled out in Germany. The UK is currently hit even worse, where the government is being forced to take ever stricter countermeasures.
In particular, this means massive restrictions on social contacts, even within families. Currently, the “rule of 6” applies in Great Britain, according to which gatherings of more than six people are prohibited. Exceptions apply to households of more than six people, meetings with a professional background, schools, weddings, funerals and certain sports.
But because Queen Elisabeth, 94, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren do not belong to the same household and they would be more than six people together, a Christmas party together will most likely be canceled.
The Queen has to break her tradition
Usually the Queen invites to a Christmas party together at her country estate, Sandringham House. There gifts will be exchanged on December 24th and dinner together. On Christmas Day, the Queen, accompanied by her relatives, attends the service in St. Mary’s Magdalene Church. At noon on December 26th, around 30 close relatives of the Queen come together for lunch and the male members of the family go hunting. But this will not be the case this year.
Prince William and Duchess Kate travel to Ann Hall
As “Express” reports, Prince William, 38, Duchess Catherine, 38, and the children are to travel over Christmas to Anm Hall, the family’s country estate. This is right next to Sandringham House, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Queen and husband Prince Philip, 99, as well as William, Catherine and the three children as a group of seven are not allowed to see each other at the same time. One possible solution would be for William and Kate to take turns bringing their children together with the Queen and Philip. But then the question arises where Prince Charles, 71, and Duchess Camilla, 73, are celebrating.
Whatever the British royal family’s decision, one thing is for sure: Nothing will be the same this year as it used to be.
Sources used: express.co.uk, mailonline.co.uk, bbc.com