Buckingham Palace has responded after British press said one of the great holiday traditions of the Royal Family would be suspended due to COVID-19. The palace says final decisions have not yet been made on how Queen Elizabeth II and her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will spend Christmas because it's still "too early."
The Royal Family's Christmas in 2020 is on hold
Over the weekend, Express reported that the Royal Family would end one of their favourite Christmas traditions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the newspaper, the royals would skip their traditional walk to attend Christmas service at St. Mary Magdalene Church, which is steps from the property in Norfolk where the Queen spends the holidays with her close family. In recent years, the public has been allowed to wait outside the church and accompany the family — including Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton and little George, Charlotte and Louis — along the way.
Experts had even told Express that pandemic restrictions would cause the Queen to spend Christmas alone, since her relatives could not come to visit her this December.
Buckingham Palace: "It's too early to be making decisions"
As Daily Mail reports, a Buckingham Palace spokesman denied the previous rumour and said no final decision has yet been made on the Royal Family's Christmas holidays.
"It's too early to be making decisions about Christmas, and it's all undecided at the moment," he told the paper's FEMAIL section.
Although the statement gives hope to the Crown, it seems doubtful the entire family will gather this Christmas, either due to government-imposed restrictions or because of the complicated relationship with Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.
In recent weeks, there's been much speculation on whether or not the Sussex family will return to the UK in 2020, in addition to possible rising tensions as the Queen will review Harry and Meghan's royal exit deal in the coming months.