Due to the rapidly spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus in great britain, queen elizabeth II. (95) their traditional pre-christmas family reunion canceled. This was announced by the palace on thursday.
Too many people’s christmas plans are at stake," palace sources said in a statement.
The queen, like many older brits, has now been vaccinated at least three times against the coronavirus. Nevertheless, the omicron variant of the coronavirus in great britain is currently causing headaches for politicians. In london, it is already considered predominant. According to government estimates, hundreds of thousands of people are currently infected every day.
Failure for the second time in a row
The queen’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and cousins usually get together for lunch at buckingham palace the week before christmas. Already last year the family reunion had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. This year it was supposed to take place at windsor castle, as the sun reported.
The queen will spend the holidays at her country estate in sandringham in eastern england. Even then, she is usually visited by different parts of the family. This year is the first time since her wedding in 1947 that she will have to spend the holidays without her husband prince philip, who died in april at the age of 99.