The Queen's big family Christmas at Sandringham set to be cancelled for first time in 33 years

THE Queen’s big family Christmas at Sand­ring­ham may be off for the first time in 33 years, servants have been told.

Her Majesty and Prince Philip left the Norfolk estate to form a Covid-secure “HMS Bubble” at Windsor Castle for the month-long lockdown.


But one Sandringham insider said: “We have been told not to expect them back for Christmas.”

A revolt among estate workers has already thrown the Queen’s festive plans into turmoil after staff refused to quarantine away from their own loved ones.

It saw the 94-year-old monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, spend two weeks together at Sandringham’s Wood Farm cottage last month rather than in the main house.

If the royals remain at Windsor, it will be their first Christmas away from Sandringham since 1987.


Previous years have seen the Queen welcome up to 30 family members there.

But sources say an official decision will not be taken until after the lockdown finishes next month.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “No final decision has been taken on Christmas.”

Another insider said: “Nothing has been resolved as staff are still refusing to quarantine from their families.

“So it’s looking almost certain they can’t have Christmas inside the big house at Sandringham.

“It is possible, of course, to arrange a smaller one for Philip and the Queen at Wood Farm cottage.

“But moving the Queen and Duke to Windsor, where they know the bubble works, makes it simpler to start planning to stay there for Christmas.”

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