The year 2020 has been a trying one for people worldwide as the COVID-19 global health pandemic separated families, including the royal family, over the holidays due to laid down traveling restrictions in places all over the world.
The head of the British monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, spent their day privately at Windsor Castle.
They have been in quarantine, shielding themselves since the start of the Coronavirus global pandemic and throughout the lock downs.
A Masked Christmas
This year’s holiday was the first time in more than three decades that the Queen wasn’t with her family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
Traditionally, the royal family members take a joint walk to St. Mary Magdalene church on Christmas morning and later go outside to meet members of the public waiting outside for a glimpse.
For this year’s Christmas, the Queen was joined only by another Christian and the supreme governor of the Church of England. The private Christmas service was held at a chapel inside Windsor Castle to avoid the public.
The Christmas Angels
Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were spending the festive season at their country home, Anmer Hall, Norfolk, with their three adorable children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
The royal couple tweeted pictures of people working during the festive season, including social care workers looking after the young and elderly and volunteers feeding the destitute to encourage everyone to stay home and stay safe.
The senior royals posted a heartfelt thank-you message; they wrote that “their thoughts are with those alone during the festive season, those who have lost a loved one and to all the medical workers on the frontline who are working tirelessly to keep us safe.”
Keeping The Mind and Body Healthy
For the Christmas wish, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge noted that a merry Christmas does not feel right this year, so they instead wished for a better 2021 ahead.
To bring awareness to mental health, the royal couple hashtagged a couple of mental health charities that are open and providing support on Christmas Day. Some charities include Mind, Samaritans, and Calm (Campaign Against Living Miserably).
Prince William had in April contracted Covid-19 but did not make it public at the time, and Middleton stressed the importance of providing mental health support to medical workers who are on the frontline in the war against COVID-19.
Sending The Christmas Cheer
The Prince of Wales, Charles, and Duchess of Cornwall were at Highgrove, their Gloucestershire home for the festive season. The couple released an adorable autumn photograph of themselves with walking sticks in hand at their Scottish retreat in Birkhall.
The Prince and Duchess were casually dressed and keen walkers around the countryside near their Aberdeenshire home. The Duchess hoped she would see her children and grandchildren over the festive period if restrictions were lifted.
The senior royals also indicated earlier that they might pay a visit to the Queen and Prince Philip, who are spending Christmas privately at Windsor Castle.