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Queen Elizabeth expected to host Christmas at Sandringham, telling family she is 'feeling far better'

9Honey logo 9Honey 26.11.2021 03:09:43 Natalie Oliveri
Her Majesty leaves St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on December 25, 2017.

Queen Elizabeth is expected to host Christmas at Sandringham this year after telling her family she is feeling "far better" following a sprained back.

It would be the first Christmas at the Queen's Norfolk estate since the death of her husband Prince Philip.

Last year, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh spent Christmas alone at Windsor Castle due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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The holiday was held at Windsor for the first time since 1987 before the celebrations were moved to Sandringham.

The Mirror reports the 95-year-old is looking forward to spending Christmas with her family after being kept apart last year.

"The Queen has told everyone she is feeling far better of late and is very much looking forward to welcoming them for Christmas," a source told the publication.

READ MORE: How the royals spent Christmas during the coronavirus pandemic

The monarch has made a slow return to face-to-face engagements in the past week after doctors ordered her to rest and undertake light duties only.

Her Majesty was forced to cancel an appearance at the Remembrance Sunday service on November 14. Prior to that, the Queen had pulled out of COP26 in Scotland and a short visit to Northern Ireland after spending the night in hospital on October 20.

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The Queen is likely to travel to Sandringham by helicopter instead of catching the train to King's Lynn, as she has done in the past, the publication reports. But that is yet to be confirmed.

Her Majesty is expected to arrive in Norfolk by Friday December 17. She usually remains there until early February.

Members of the royal family will be able to gather together at Sandringham this year with coronavirus social gathering limits now scrapped.

Those who are expected to join the Queen at Sandringham include Prince Charles and Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and their children Lady Louise and Viscount Severn are also among the guests likely to be included, as they have been in previous years.

The gathering is also set to include Princess Anne, Peter Phillips and Zara and Mike Tindall, and their three children.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and daughter Sienna, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank and son August, are likely to be there.

Royal Christmases at Sandringham typically include the above guest list, along with Prince Andrew who lives nearby with former wife Sarah, the Duchess of York.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are unlikely to return to the UK from California with Archie and Lilibet despite being invited by the Queen. Her Majesty has not seen Archie since soon after his birth in 2019, while she is yet to met Lili.

The Queen is said to be "determined" to attend morning mass at St Mary Magdalene Church nearby on December 25.

In previous years she has been driven there while other members of her family make the short walk and meet members of the public lined along the route.

They then return to the estate for Christmas lunch and an afternoon walk.

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