Just when we thought that we’d seen it all with COVID the new Omicron variant is literally wreaking havoc across the world.
In the United States the NHL has essentially been the first major corporation to start canceling events due to COVID concerns. Across the pond where her Majesty Queen Elizabeth reigns things are looking very grim in regard to COVID. Premier League soccer matches are getting canceled left and right.
At this point the Queen’s Christmas plans are also in jeopardy. With reports indicating that Her Majesty has already decided to scrap some of her favorite holiday traditions from the calendar.
What’s On & What’s Off The Royals Holiday To-do List?
There have been a couple of royal holiday staples that have already been canceled. Insiders are reporting that these cancellations are essentially being done with a heavy heart by the Queen.
After all, this is going to be her first Christmas without Prince Philip. People around Her Majesty wanted to make sure that things went great. Sadly COVID had other plans. So far the Queen has scrapped the traditional pre-Christmas lunch.
This may also include removing another tradition from the calendar. Attending a Christmas service. However, the family is still hopeful that they’ll be able to spend a holiday break at their Sandringham estate.
The Age Of The People In The Family Was Certainly Something The Queen Took Into Consideration
Judging from the way that the UK has handled the entire COVID situation it would not be unreasonable to think that there’s yet another lockdown that’ll be announced shortly. The Queen canceling plans precede though any formal government mandate. Sources claim that one of the main reasons why she is canceling the lunch that was meant to join together around 50 people is the age of the folks that were going to be invited.
Obviously, the Queen at 95 years young is part of potentially the highest at risk group when it comes to the disease. Even though she’s fully vaccinated she’s not taking any chances. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall are in their mid to early 70s. Charles already beat COVID once he may not be keen to go through it again. The Duke and Duchess of Kent who are very close to the Queen are in their mid to late 80s. Therefore, the concern was certainly enough to cancel the event altogether.
Harry & Meghan Might Get A Freebie
At some point there was talk that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might want to join the Royal Family for the holidays. With the cancellation of the lunch and COVID measures potentially tightening up in the upcoming days in the UK the couple may have just gotten themselves a get out of Christmas free card. This definitely moves back the date for a full Meghan and Harry royal reunion. It was already speculated that the couple really would prefer to return to the UK until the closing ceremony for The Queen’s jubilee. This situation basically confirms that they’re not headed back to the UK anytime soon!