Royal Family news – Queen's Christmas party STILL happening despite Omicron covid as she won't want to spend it alone

Royal Family news – Queen's Christmas party STILL happening despite Omicron covid as she won't want to spend it alone


THE Queen WILL host her usual Christmas party for extended family despite fears of mutant covid variant Omicron, it is claimed.

As things stand Her Majesty, 95, is understood to be making no changes to her plans for a large feast with wine, cheese and crackers next Tuesday.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will be among 50 or so members of the Royal Family expected at Windsor Castle next Tuesday for The Queen’s Christmas lunch.

There will be wine, crackers and a feast inside the castle with extended family — before the Queen sets off for Sandringham, Norfolk, for Christmas itself.

The Royal Family Christmas Day gathering at Sandringham and trip to St Mary Magdalene Church is also currently not expected to be derailed by virus fears.

It will be the monarch’s first Christmas in 73 years without her husband Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 in April.

An insider said: “There is no way the Queen wants to let anything get in the way of a family event like this… Particularly with the year she has had after losing her husband and being forced to go on light duties on doctor’s orders."

Read our royal family live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Andrew's Newsnight interview

    Last week, Robert’s lawyers claimed that Andrew’s disastrous Newsnight interview is evidence of his “guilt”.

    The Duke of York sparked fury with a legal filing in October that branded Virginia a “money-hungry sex kitten” who was only suing him for “another pay day”.

    David Boies, Virginia’s lawyer, then hit back in a court filing in New York opposing Andrew’s motion to dismiss.

    He wrote: “During that interview, Prince Andrew said that he could not recall ever meeting Ms Giuffre, a denial so at odds with photographs and other evidence that it is itself indicative of guilt.”

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    William & Kate’s Christmas card shows family in Jordan

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released their official Christmas card photograph showing their family in Jordan.

    William is pictured sitting on a gold pouffe next to wife Kate, with the couple resting a hand on the other’s knee.

    Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, six, sit next to their parents, while three-year-old Prince Louis is sitting on what appears to be a sheepskin rug at his mother’s feet.

    Kensington Palace said the photograph was taken in Jordan earlier this year, but did not say what the nature of the trip was, when exactly it took place, or who was behind the camera.

    Last month, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall went on an official tour to Jordan and Egypt, where they celebrated the culture, heritage and achievements of the Middle East nations.In the photographer, the Cambridges and their children are smiling and look relaxed in casual outfits.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen expected to do the Christmas speech

    It will be her first since the death of her beloved Prince Philip – who died in April at the age of 99.

    The speech is likely to reflect on her dear late husband, as well as the ongoing strength of the nation during the pandemic.

    She’ll be surrounded by her closest family in time for Christmas Eve, according to reports.

    Palace aides are also exploring options for the monarch to appear in public over the next two weeks to wish the country a happy Christmas, reports the Mail.

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    Andrew hits out at ‘unintelligible’ rape accuser Virginia Roberts (Continued…)

    The Princes Lawyer Mr Brettler said: “Her complaint is ambiguous at best and unintelligible at worst.

    “Giuffre’s refusal to include anything but the most conclusory allegations is puzzling given her pattern of disclosing to the media the purported details of the same allegations.

    “Perhaps it is Giuffre’s tendency to change her story that prompted her to keep the allegations of the Complaint vague, so as not to commit to any specific account.”

    However, Roberts stood by her accusations, saying the Prince "was an abuser, he was a participant".

  • Louis Allwood

    Andrew hits out at ‘unintelligible’ rape accuser Virginia Roberts

    PRINCE Andrew has claimed his sex assault accuser has a “tendency to change her story” – as he fights to have her lawsuit against him thrown out.

    Lawyers for the Duke of York, 61, hit back against Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleges that he sexually assaulted her three times when she was 17.

    Last month Virginia’s attorneys accused the prince of “victim shaming” and using her to “gratify his own sexual desires”.

    In response, Andrew Brettler, the prince’s lead lawyer, said Virginia’s allegations were “vague” because she had given different versions of what happened to her.

    He has asked a judge to throw out Virginia’s New York lawsuit against the royal.

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    “2022 sees one of the greatest celebrations”

    Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coin at the Royal Mint, said: “The Royal Mint has a proud history of striking coins for British monarchs and 2022 sees one of the greatest celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen with the upcoming Platinum Jubilee.

    “Marking 70 days until the anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne, the Royal Mint is delighted to reveal the commemorative Platinum Jubilee 50p design ahead of its launch in the new year.

    “In recognition of the landmark occasion, this is the first time a royal milestone has been commemorated on a 50p coin and is a fitting celebration for Britain’s longest reigning monarch.”

  • Louis Allwood

    The new 50p commemorative coin

    A new 50p coin has been announced by the Royal Mint and it will be launched next year to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    It will be the first time a royal event will appear on the tails side of the coin and the design has even been approved by the Queen.

    Featuring the number 70 to denote the number of years the Queen has reigned up to 2022, her cypher will also be nestled inside the zero as the central focus of the design.

  • Louis Allwood

    Recap: What has Harry said about his rift with his brother?

    Harry revealed the full extent of the brothers’ rift on a tour of South Africa in 2019.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave a revealing interview during the trip to ITV’s Tom Bradby.

    Harry said of William: “We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and I know he will always be there for me.

    “We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly.

    “The majority of stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.”

  • Louis Allwood

    The new monarchy

    When the end of the second Elizabethan age ends, and the Carolinian one dawns, the monarchy could look very different.

    A royal expert has said that Prince Charles will introduce a “very different” monarchy era, but he will struggle to match up with the Queen’s phenomenal reign.

    Professor Anna Whitelock said: “Just by virtue of the fact that the Queen is celebrating her seventieth year next year, by virtue of her longevity, her life, what she’s lived through, what she’s seen, she’s been unmatched.

    “Charles, given his own age, he’s never going to be able to surpass that, and what the Queen has seen and been through.”

    She added: “I think we are in a very different, and we are going to be, in a very different era with a very different kind of monarch, and a very different kind of monarchy in the future.”

  • Louis Allwood

    When was the Queen last seen?

    Her Majesty, 95, made her most recent public appearance to hand Thomas Trotter, 64, the annual Queen’s Medal for Music at Windsor Castle.

    The Queen, who had a chair closeby, last received Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey on November 24.

    In October, she spent a night in hospital for tests and then resumed only light duties.

    She resumed “light duties” shortly after.

  • Louis Allwood

    Where will the Queen be on the 25th?

    The Queen is expected to spend her first Christmas since Prince Philip passed away at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk surrounded by her close family – including Prince William and Kate Middleton.

    That said, the expert claims Her Majesty will still make an effort to include the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who now live in Montecito, California – in the celebrations.

    Neil claimed: "There will be some gifts but it will be very formal."

  • Louis Allwood

    Diana's song to ease back-to-school nerves

    Prince William has revealed that Princess Diana used to have a song she played for him and his brother Prince Harry to put them at ease before it was time to return to school.

    On a recent episode of the Apple Fitness+ series, ‘Time To Walk’ where Prince William featured as a special guest, he was asked to choose three of his favourite songs.

    The first song that he chooses is Tina Turner’s ‘The Best’, which is played while the Prince shows viewers the video of him at the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

    “When I was younger, Harry and I, we were at boarding school. And my mother used to play all sorts of songs to kind of while away the anxiety of going back to school,” William said.

    Adding: “And one of the songs I massively remember and has stuck with me all this time, and I still, to this day, still quite enjoy secretly, is Tina Turner’s The Best because sitting in the backseat, singing away, it felt like a real family moment.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate's Christmas sacrifices

    It would be normal for couples to alternate which family they would spend Christmas with each year.

    Speaking to Ok!, royal expert Katie Nicholl explained how Prince William and Kate Middleton tried this approach in the first few years of their marriage.

    She said: “In the early years of being a family, they did try to alternate Christmas, one year with The Queen and the Royal Family and the next year with the Middletons.

    “But Kate and William put duty before self and we can see that, more now than ever.”

    For the Duchess, this has meant prioritising spending Christmas Day at Sandringham with The Queen over seeing her parents and siblings.

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    Kate's first Christmas

    For her first Christmas at Sandringham in 2011, Kate Middleton reportedly gave The Queen a jar of homemade chutney.

    Kate recalled the moment during an ITV documentary for the Queen's 90th birthday.

    She said. "I can remember being at Sandringham, for the first time, at Christmas. And I was worried what to give the Queen as her Christmas present. I was thinking, 'Gosh, what should I give her?'

    "I thought back to what I would give my own grandparents. And I thought, 'I'll make her something.' Which could have gone horribly wrong. But I decided to make my granny's recipe of chutney."

    She added: "I was slightly worried about it, but I noticed the next day that it was on the table."

  • Louis Allwood

    BBC podcast held back over backlash

    Following on from the backlash of BBC’s controversial documentary series, they have chosen not to release a podcast about Meghan and Harry.

    The Harry, Meghan and the Media podcast was meant to follow on from The Princes and the Press documentary.

    But after viewers complained that it was “disrespectful to the Royal Family”, the Beeb quietly dropped the podcast.

    The two-part BBC Two documentary, presented by Amol Rajan, aired allegations that William’s staff had briefed against the Sussexes.

    It was slammed by The Royal Households for “unfounded claims”.

    The podcast was set to include far more controversial material.

  • Louis Allwood

    Where will Kate and Will be on Christmas day?

    It’s believed the Cambridges will join the Queen at her home in Windsor Castle for festivities this year with Her Majesty reportedly set to “have her family round for a Christmas gathering”.

    According to the Daily Mail, Her Maj has been given the go-ahead by doctors to throw her annual private pre-festive season party.

    Extended family members will all be given an invite to the party – which hasn’t been held since 2019.

  • Louis Allwood

    Royal snub

    The Duchess of Cambridge hosted the Together at Christmas carol concert at Westminister Abbey on Wednesday and was seen wearing a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings that were lent to her by the Queen.

    Royal expert Daniela Elser highlighted that this is the second time Kate has worn jewellery belonging to the Queen, stating that she believes the earrings have been permanently lent to her.

    However, Meghan has only ever been lent the Queen's wedding tiara, which royal fans believe means Kate is more trusted.

    Speaking on News Au, Ms Elser said: "While the former actress might own pieces which had belonged personally to Diana, Princess of Wales, getting to frock up in some enormous sparklers from the royal trove was a perk she never enjoyed."

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry's 'alleged outburst'

    New book and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan sees writer Chrisopher Andersen allegedly speak to new palace sources that share additional information on the reported rift between Princess Diana's sons.

    According to Page Six, “Prince Harry was so incensed when his older brother, Prince William, questioned his fast-moving romance with Meghan Markle that he blurted out, ‘Who the hell do you think you are?’”

     “The alleged outburst in September 2017 happened when Harry indicated that he was about to propose to his American girlfriend,” the story continued, “prompting William to ask, ‘Why rush things?’”

    According to Andersen, people close to Harry were concerned about how shortly this came after he went on a blind date with Markle in July 2016.

    “One of the skeptics was his uncle, Earl Spencer—the brother of the late Princess Diana—whom William drafted to underscore his opinion that the lovebirds should slow down,” Page Six reported.

    But Andersen says William dragging their uncle in to the feud made “matters far worse” between the brothers – and the author claims Harry was “furious that his brother was actively seeking to have others interfere in his personal affairs."

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘I’m proud to support Jabs Army’ (Continued…)

    Camilla ­— who is president of our Jabs Army partner, the Royal Voluntary Service ­— told The Sun: “Thanks to the combined efforts of so many, our country was the first in the world to begin vaccinating its people.

    “Now we are faced with this new variant, I know that, once again, the wonderful Royal Voluntary Service and the Jabs Army will pull together so that we are all protected through the booster jab.

    "You make us proud — and give us hope for brighter days ahead.”

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    'I’m proud to support Jabs Army'

    The Duchess of Cornwall and Boris Johnson encouraged our drive to recruit 30,000 volunteers — amid fears the country may already be seeing 200,000 infections a day as the Omicron mutation grows.

    The Sun is recruiting 30,000 to help turbocharge the national mission to drive down the Covid variant and save Christmas.

    The renewed drive comes after Britain suffered its first Omicron death yesterday and No10 said vaccination centres will be open at later hours — and even jab people on Christmas Day — in an all-out bid to beat the virus.

  • Louis Allwood

    Andrew's angst

    Andrew famously claimed in the interview he was medically unable to perspire, a response to Virginia's account of an alleged sweaty dance in London.

    And he claimed a photo of him with his arm round Virginia – said to have been taken in Maxwell's home – could have been doctored as he'd never met her.

    It comes after Andrew was spotted looking anxious as Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking case continues.

    The Duke of York, 61, was horseriding near Windsor Castle on Thursday.

    The US court has seen a pic of paedo Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell at the Queen’s Balmoral estate.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Harry writes letter saying he ‘wishes he could help’ veterans

    PRINCE Harry has told of his despair at not being able to help the family of a fallen soldier – after he was stripped of his military titles.

    The palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would lose their patronages, with Harry being stripped of his honorary military titles as part of the couple's 2020 Megxit agreement.

    Harry served for ten years in the Armed Forces, touring Afghanistan twice and rising to the rank of Captain.

    The Sunday People revealed he has now written to the family of Nathan Hunt who are fighting to get their son's name on the national Armed Forces Memorial after he took his own life in 2018.

    Although he was warrant officer when he died, defence bosses have said his name can't be added to the commemoration for fallen soldiers.

    Harry told his parents Maria and Derek: "I deeply empathise with what your family is going through and so wish I could assist formally, had I been in the same role I once was."

    The duke added: "Grief can be a long and burdensome road.

    “Please know you and your family remain in my thoughts.”

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘Gunman who raided bank and bookmaker’s’ shot dead near Kensington Palace

    THIS is the tense moment a cop points a rifle at an alleged gunman’s head after he reportedly raided a bookies and a bank.

    Cops scrambled to a street just minutes from William and Kate’s home in Kensington, West London, yesterday afternoon where the man was shot dead.

    Officers were called to reports of a man with a firearm entering a bookmakers and a bank around Marloes Road in the capital yesterday.

    Loud bangs were heard earlier yesterday afternoon, just yards from Kensington Palace after police were said to have fired several shots at the gunman in the back of a vehicle.

    The force confirmed that despite emergency service’s best efforts, the man could not be saved and died shortly after.

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    Meghan bullying probe 'has only interviewed a handful of people'

    THE probe into Meghan Markle's bullying allegations has only interviewed a "handful of people who used to work for her", insiders claim.

    Earlier this year, the Duchess of Sussex was accused of “humiliating” personal assistants and staff, as well as driving two out of the Palace, which she denies. 

    An internal investigation was launched in March – but sources now fear the probe is being "kicked into the long grass", it has been revealed.

    Inquiries are focusing on a 16-day trip to Australia in 2018, during which a series of clashes between Meghan and her staff left the latter "severely psychologically traumatised".

    But only a handful of people have been called up to share their side of it, insiders told the Daily Mail.

    Two PA's, another member of staff and Simon Case, Prince William's former-Private Secretary, were potentially among the chosen few.

    Earlier this year, sources alleged to The Times that Meghan drove two personal assistants out of the household and undermined the confidence of a third.

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    Richard Kay now claims that Harry is continuing to ''chip away'' at his father.

    "I think the difficulty for Prince Charles, every time now Harry opens his mouth, he's seen to chip away at his father's credibility… this must be undermining their relationship,'' he told the Daily Mail's Palace Confidential.

    "They have on the horizon the prospect of Harry's autobiography or memoir – we don't know what's going to be in it.

    "But we do know he has spent some time digging into his mother's relationship with his father.

    ''They must be dreading the publication of that book and what it will mean.

    "We're edging closer to the Prince of Wales becoming monarch and every time these embarrassing situations erupt with his son, it reminds people about why they have had problems with the prospect of Charles as king."

    The ''wholly-truthful and accurate'' tell-all memoir is set to be released next year.

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