The Queen herself has needed to eschew her conventional Christmas celebrations, and is spending the festive season quietly at Windsor Fortress along with her husband Prince Philip, 99.
Often, all of the Windsors collect at her house on the Sandringham property in japanese England and stroll to a close-by church for a Christmas Day service, a staple of the royal calendar.
Nevertheless, Britain is at the moment battling to curb the unfold of a brand new variant of the novel coronavirus, with the variety of new infections reaching report ranges this week and the variety of hospital admissions and deaths hovering.
A lot of the nation has been positioned below tight restrictions, and for London and the encompassing areas, households will not be allowed to combine at throughout Christmas, whereas for different areas there are strict curbs limiting contact to only a single day.
“Remarkably, a 12 months that has essentially stored folks aside has in some ways introduced us nearer,” mentioned the Queen, including that the royals had been impressed by tales of those that volunteered to assist others in want.
“In the UK and around the globe, folks have risen magnificently to the challenges of the 12 months and I am so proud and moved by this quiet indomitable spirit,” she mentioned.