(JustPatriots.com)- Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British Monarch who has been on the throne for 65 years, changed her Christmas plans this year for the first time in 32 years. The 94-year-old monarch and her husband, 99-year-old Prince Philip, are preparing to spend Christmas together at Windsor castle because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Traditionally, the monarch and the royal family spend Christmas and New Year at their Sandringham estate in Norfolk, in the East of England.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson described how the Queen and her husband made the change after receiving advice on the matter.
“Having considered all the appropriate advice, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor,” the spokesperson said.
No plans have yet to be revealed regarding whether or not the Queen will make any public appearances over the Christmas period, or if she will be able to see other members of the royal family.
Recently, Her Majesty the Queen was seen in public wearing a face mask, after spending several months in quarantine. The dedicated British head of state has engaged in several official duties even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Queen Elizabeth wore a face mask for the first time in public as she marked the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 8, 2020
A source familiar with the situation told Newsweek that the Quen “may see some members” of the family but that the Queen and the duke “understand family will have competing demands over the Christmas period and are content to have a quiet festive period this year.”
The Queen’s usual Christmas celebrations include giving presents on Christmas Eve at Sandringham House, and a church service on Christmas day. Each Christmas, the royals walk to church and meet well-wishers and royal watchers along the day. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those who typically turn out to see the royals may be at home this Christmas, and it is not known whether the Queen will attend the usual church service.