The Queen Cancels Beloved Christmas Tradition Due To Pandemic
In 2020, for the first time, Queen Elizabeth II will not be delivering Christmas gifts to her staff over the holidays — at least not personally. According to Daily Mail, the Christmas tradition that sees royal employees receive gifts from the Queen will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the British monarch will be spending the holidays with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle rather than Sandringham.
The ongoing pandemic has caused Queen Elizabeth II to take extreme precautions. For the first time in her reign, she's even cancelling a favourite royal Christmas tradition.
According to Daily Mail, the Queen will not participate in gift-giving with royal employees, a tradition that occurs during her annual stay at Sandringham over the holidays. Instead, she and Prince Philip will spend holiday festivities at Windsor Castle in 2020.
Queen Elizabeth cancels Christmas tradition due to COVID-19
Safety precautions related to COVID-19 are drastically changing the plans of the Queen and the British Royal Family this Christmas.
As Daily Mail has reported, one royal Christmas tradition that will be affected this year is the Queen's personal thanks and giving of gifts to staff at her service each December.
Throughout her reign, the monarch and her close relatives have gathered at the royal estate of Sandringham to celebrate the holiday season. While there, workers are recognized with special gifts. Thousands of pounds worth of pudding and champagne are known to be popular gifts, chosen and delivered by the Queen herself.
Queen's Christmas will be greatly affected by COVID-19
Still, the personable event with employees will not be the only tradition that the Queen will be unable to carry on this year.
In recent days it was confirmed that the Queen and Prince Philip will not be able to spend the Christmas holidays with close relatives, including Prince Charles and Prince William.
Instead, the monarch will be kept in isolation at Windsor Castle, where the royals will celebrate an unconventional Christmas and New Year.
Regardless, one staffer who was likely off the gift list this year was Adamo Canto, who recently pleaded guilty to stealing and reselling many items from the Royal Family.