Queen announces she will spend Christmas in Windsor amid Omicron fears

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The Queen has announced a major change to her Christmas plans following a surge in Omicron cases across the country.

Her Majesty has made the decision to celebrate Christmas in Windsor rather than travel to Sandringham Estate this year.

She had been hoping to celebrate the festive period at her favourite country retreat – a tradition which has been held for decades.

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

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

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

It has not yet been confirmed who, if anyone, will join her on December 25.

Her Majesty announced last week that it was "with regret" her annual royal get-together lunch in the run up to Christmas was cancelled amid Omicron panic.

The decision was described as "a precautionary one" as it was felt that the luncheon would "put too many people's Christmas arrangements at risk if it went ahead".

Her Majesty was previously due to host The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, as well as 50 or so other members of the Royal Family, at Windsor Castle on December 21.

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There was due to be crackers, wine and a feast inside the royal castle – before the monarch originally planned to set off to Sandringham.

The Sandringham estate might not be closed altogether, but sources claim staff "fully expect" the famous footpath the Firm usually walk on during their December 25 stroll will be fenced off.

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

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