Queen Elizabeth will host the annual pre-Christmas royal luncheon at Windsor


Queen Elizabeth has not done an event in public since mid-October. Now, she has been doing “events” and she’s been seen in photos and videos, almost exclusively from Windsor Castle. For nearly two full months, everything has been very carefully stage-managed around the Queen, especially following her hospitalization and subsequent cover-up of the hospitalization. It was said that staffers cleaned the Queen’s schedule, but she had some “light duties,” mostly meeting people one-on-one at Windsor. It feels like the Christmas season might be too overloaded for her, but Buckingham Palace insists that the Queen plans to play host at a pre-Christmas luncheon and then she’ll host the family gathering at Sandringham.

The Queen is set to enjoy a ‘new normal’ Christmas this year -and may even appear in public for the first time since early autumn. The 95-year-old monarch has either been resting or undertaking only ‘light’ desk duties following a mystery health scare. But she has been given the go-ahead by doctors to throw her annual private pre-festive season party for extended family members for the first time since 2019, the Mail can reveal.

This year, however, it will take place at Windsor Castle and not Buckingham Palace, where it has traditionally been held for several decades. The Queen has lived in Berkshire since the start of the pandemic and has rarely set foot out of it in recent months. But she will move her court to her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk for Christmas, where her nearest and dearest are all set to gather in time for Christmas Eve – as long as government advice does not change. Her Majesty is expected to fly to East Anglia by helicopter, rather than take the train as she normally does, in light of her age and general health.

Before she does, she will record her annual Christmas message, again at Windsor. It is likely to reflect on her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 in April, as well as the ‘heartening’ show of community strength seen throughout the nation during the Covid pandemic.

The Mail understands that palace aides are also exploring options for the monarch to appear in public over the next two weeks to wish the country a very happy Christmas. Although photographs and videos have been released by Buckingham Palace of the sovereign undertaking in-person and virtual audiences with foreign ambassadors, dignitaries and the Prime Minister, all meetings have taken place behind palace walls. The hope is that the Queen will be well enough to take part in a short public engagement in the castle grounds. Her appearance will be seen as a ‘small shot of joy’ in difficult times.

‘It won’t be a normal Christmas, but like many families around the country, it will be as normal as it can get,’ a source said.

[From The Mail]

Even if the Queen does something outside of castle walls, it’s still going to be stage-managed to a crazy degree. There’s no way anyone will allow the Queen to… what? Wander around a Christmas garden party? Do some kind of event in London? I doubt that will happen. They’re probably trying to “save” the Queen for her Christmas speech and that will be the only time anyone sees her. I also think that it’s a good sign that she’s “hosting” the pre-Christmas luncheon, even though everything’s been moved to Windsor. We’ll see.

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Audiences at Windsor Castle

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. girl_ninja says:

    Will Jazz hands be with her? Will it be televised?

  2. notasugarhere says:

    BoJo has referred to a COVID and Omicron ‘tidal wave’, raised the threat level, but refuses to issue mandates about lockdowns, masks, canceling public events.

    Queen is aimlessly trotting between Palaces because that’s what she wants to do, dragging the staff behind her. Family will show up, bringing all their variants and exposures along for the ride. What really could go wrong?

    • Jan says:

      They think they’re invincible.

    • Same says:

      Same here where I live — the biggest impact Omicron has had is transformer jokes. No lock downs, no mask mandates, no travel restrictions. Folks just moving on like it’s another Tuesday.

      • Tigerlily says:

        @Same same in Canadian province where I live. Our dumba$$ premier is talking of loosening restrictions so he can have more people over. As for QEII not being up to the pre Christmas luncheon, it’s not like she has to do the grocery shopping, cooking etc but it’s still not a good look having so many gathered.

    • Case says:

      “…but refuses to issue mandates about lockdowns, masks, canceling public events.” This was my biggest fear when the world started reopening — that once restrictions were removed, they wouldn’t be put in place again when needed, and as a result, the general public’s mindset would shift into this not being the major health crisis it continues to be. Even the most cautious people I know are now pretty much “back to normal” while I sit here looking at epidemiologists’ advice on what’s safe and… a lot still really isn’t safe to do yet!

      I planned a vacation with friends for the end of 2022 and they seem to think we’ll be going no matter what the state of the pandemic is. If it’s still a pandemic and not endemic — uh, no way!

  3. Harper says:

    Looking forward to when Keen and the kids arrive in one gas-guzzling SUV and the Burger King arrives in another. And, the Queen is taking the chopper to Sandringham. So much for their green campaigns.

    • Jan90067 says:

      Kate will probably ONLY have George with her and the RPOs, leaving Louis and Charlotte to go with Nanny Maria in *another* car. Not enough room in one car for them all, plus all the RPOs. And yes, Bitter Brother will come on his own, from whichever girlfriend’s place he stays at now.

  4. Becks1 says:

    I mean, I guess this is a good sign, but I don’t think the idea of the Queen hosting her annual family christmas reception for….her family…where no one ever sees her anyway and the most we see is some of the family members arriving in their SUVs is going to be the national pick-me-up that the Mail seems to think it will be.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      I snorted.

      I do think after the Great Servant Revolt of 2020 that she’s determined to have the usual awkward Sandringham Christmas. (I suspect she’ll find it less enjoyable sober.) It’s funny that the Mail is now discussing a “mystery health scare” instead of a back sprain. It feels like they were fed that by courtiers, knew it was nonsense but they ran it & are now walking it back.

  5. Layla says:

    What happened to the diplomatic corps reception?( The one where keeny comes out with all her bling and lOOk aT mEeE and mY tIaRA!) Don’t they host that every year around this time? Why can’t the heir and the keen other brother host that? Does the Queen not trust them?

  6. Sofia says:

    Thing is, even if she isn’t up to it and is looking frail and sick, the public won’t find out because it’s all behind closed doors. Unless one of the staff leak because I doubt most of the family would leak the queen was really sick during Christmas lunch.

  7. Linny says:

    And so William and Kate’s Daughter Charlotte looks exactly like her, Exactly! hmmmmm; none of the kids look like Kate’s side of the family

  8. Amy Bee says:

    I’m betting there will be no public event. Besides lighting a public Christmas tree, there’s not much she can do. It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s no pre-Christmas Luncheon this year and there’s already talk about the family not doing to the Christmas Day walk for fear that it would encourage crowds and some nonsense about the Queen not wanting to attend church because she has to wear a mask.

  9. Tessa says:

    The whole thing might be canceled. Considering the spread of COVID.

  10. Deeanna says:

    That’s quite an advanced case of osteoporosis she has there. I wonder if she needs to use a wheelchair and that is why she does not want to be seen in public?