Queen Elizabeth breaks tradition for New Year's Eve: she will not be at Sandringham estate, but in Windsor where she will celebrate alone
Queen Elizabeth, pink look and without mask
Queen Elizabeth breaks tradition for New Year's Eve and for the first time will spend this holiday in complete solitude. The Sovereign has always followed a precise ritual on the occasion of the Christmas holidays: a few days after Christmas, the whole royal family moves to Sandringham, in Norfolk. Banquets and dinners are organized here, with The Queen bringing together grandchildren, children and great-grandchildren.
On the occasion of the New Year the Sovereign follows a strict ritual. On the morning of the new year, he wakes up early and goes to mass in the church of St Mary Magdalene, then returns to the estate and indulges in a ride, followed by pheasant hunting in which other members of the family also participate, such as William and Carlo. This year the Queen would have liked to invite Meghan Markle and Harry to the estate, who had deserted the parties with the Royal Family last year by flying to Canada with little Archie. The idea was to stay in the mansion, also hosting Kate Middleton and her children George, Charlotte and Louis, until 6 February, the anniversary of the death of King George VI, the beloved father of the Sovereign.
For the first time in years, however, due to the Coronavirus emergency, The Queen will be alone on New Year's Eve. A decision dictated by the protest of the staff who have refused, in recent months, to undergo a four-week quarantine to ensure maximum safety for the royal family. The Queen will then be in Windsor Castle, alone, while the other members of the Royal Family will be divided. Kate and William will most likely spend the holiday alone with their three children, without inviting the Middleton family as they do every year, to comply with anti-Covid regulations.
A different New Year's Eve therefore for the Queen and, perhaps, even a little sad. Certainly The Queen, as it has always done, will not lose heart. "Today we continue to be inspired by the kindness of strangers – he explained in his traditional Christmas speech – and to draw comfort from the idea that even on the darkest nights there is the hope of a new dawn. All many people want for Christmas is a hug or a hand they can shake. If you are among them, you are not alone, I assure you that you are in my thoughts and in my prayers ”.