Shortly before the holidays, Queen Elizabeth II must deal with more concerning news: Princess Anne's husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Royal Family hit by COVID-19: Sir Timothy Laurence

As the Daily Mail reported, Laurence, 66, is at his and Princess Anne's country home Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire. He is already in quarantine.

It's unfortunate timing before the holidays: Princess Anne will now be unable to attend Queen Elizabeth's Christmas party in Windsor. She's also quarantining at her home.

After much deliberation, the Royal Family's traditional holiday at Sandringham was cancelled, and they're instead gathering in a smaller group at Windsor Castle.

Other royals had cancelled their engagements in the final days before Christmas, but it appears even that precaution couldn't keep a case of COVID-19 out of the family.

With circumstances changing seemingly by the day, it remains to be seen how the Queen will spend her first Christmas without her husband Prince Philip.