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‘Shot of joy’ Queen all geared up for Christmas as monarch’s holiday plans laid bare

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Her Majesty’s doctors have reportedly given the 95-year-old the go-ahead to throw her annual private pre-festive season party for extended family members for the first time since 2019. Rather than being held at Buckingham Palace, where it has traditionally been held for several decades, the annual pre-festive season party will take place at Windsor Castle.

The Queen 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.

According to MailOnline 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 95-year-old monarch has either been resting or undertaking only ‘light’ desk duties following a mystery health scare.

Sources told The Mail that the Queen has been given the go-ahead by doctors.

Buckingham Palace has released some photographs and videos of the sovereign undertaking in-person and virtual audiences with foreign ambassadors, dignitaries and the Prime Minister, but all meetings have taken place behind palace walls.

People are hopeful that the Queen will be fit enough to participate in a short public engagement in the castle grounds.

Her appearance will be seen as a “small shot of joy” in difficult times, a source told The Mail.

The source added: “It won’t be a normal Christmas, but like many families around the country, it will be as normal as it can get.”

The Queen was last seen in public at a Windsor Castle reception on October 19.

The next day, she cancelled a trip to Northern Ireland and was taken to hospital overnight for undisclosed ‘preliminary tests’.

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She was ordered to rest for several weeks and since then has undertaken a small number of low-key engagements, including recording a video message to be played at Cop26.

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