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Elizabeth II, 94 years old, isolated for Christmas: Charles revises his plans

Change of program for Prince Charles. He is scheduled to travel to Windsor to see his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, for Christmas for a “brief festive visit”.

Will the Queen really be so lonely at Christmas? While traditionally the Royal Family meets every year at Sandringham for the festivities, this year, at the age of 94, in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, Elizabeth II will be left alone at Windsor Castle. A first since 1949. But a few guests could meet the Queen at her home, like Prince Charles.

The cancellation for the first time in 33 years of the party planned at Sandringham has changed the situation. According to revelations from Vanity Fair this Thursday, December 3, the Queen’s son will not leave his mother alone for Christmas. William and Harry‘s father plans to take advantage of the easing of rules in the United Kingdom from December 23 to 27 to travel to Windsor.

Prince Charles’ new schedule would be as follows: first a time with his wife Camilla in their Gloucestershire home, perhaps for Christmas Eve, and then a second Christmas celebration in Windsor with his parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. Probably to avoid being too numerous, Camilla Parker Bowles would not be there.

According to Vanity Fair reporter Katie Nicholl, the Duchess of Cornwall is expected to be at her home in Ray Mill, Whiltshire with her children Tom and Laura and grandchildren at the same time.

A son urged to keep his distance?

The reunion of Prince Charles and his mother would have to be placed under high security. The 72-year-old man, who had the coronavirus last April, should come to Windsor for a “brief”, but still “festive” visit, where social distancing should be respected. He could be one of the first guests in a series that will include Prince Edward. The strategy adopted by the Queen to celebrate without taking too many risks seems to be the following: see each other in spite of everything, but not too closely, not too long, and especially not all at the same time.

Photo credits : Backgrid UK/ Bestimage

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