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The Royal Family may not be able to celebrate Christmas together at Sandringham this year for the first time in 33 years. The news comes after the Queen and Prince Philip were advised to create a “bubble” at Windsor Castle in order to keep them safe from coronavirus during lockdown.
A source told The Sun: “Philip is keen to spend his anniversary with the Queen.
“They spent seven months together in HMS Bubble due to COVID-19 this year and only been apart for a few weeks now.
“It is also seen as a chance for staff at Sandringham to have a break so that they will feel better about working at Christmas.”
They added: “But Christmas is still up in the air.”
However, according to sources cited by The Sun, the Palace will not take a decision about Christmas celebrations until the end of lockdown on December 2.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman told the Sun: “No final decision has been taken on Christmas.”
Another Palace source added: “Nothing has been resolved as staff are still refusing to quarantine from their families.
“So it’s looking almost certain they can’t have Christmas inside the big house at Sandringham.
“It is possible, of course, to arrange a smaller one for Philip and the Queen at Wood Farm cottage.
“But moving the Queen and Duke to Windsor, where they know the bubble works, makes it simpler to start planning to stay there for Christmas.”
The recent news that Prince William contracted coronavirus at the beginning of the pandemic highlighted the necessity to protect the Queen and Prince Philip against the virus.
While Prince Charles’ COVID-19 diagnosis was made public immediately in March, William kept his infection a secret until recently.
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Royally Obsessed podcast hosts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie revealed a potential theory behind the cover-up.
Ms Fiorito said: “There’s a lot of controversy and people are quite angry at Prince William for keeping it a secret.
“I feel like I get it, it’s definitely weird to not reveal that. But, in doing quite a bit of research, I can understand the reasoning.
“Say the worst happened – the Queen at 94 passed away then Prince Charles passed away then Prince William passed away, all because they were hit by the virus.”
She added: “The next in line to the throne is George, and then Charlotte and Louis, and none of them are over the age of 18, which is where the Regency Act comes into play.
“That means a regent would rule in his place, and that person has to be over 21.
“The next in line of succession is Prince Harry, who had just left as of March 31, and moved to California and quit.
“Then after Prince Harry, the next available regent is Prince Andrew.”
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