From good housekeeping
Usually on Christmas day, there is an abundance of photographs of the British royal family as they make their way to the church for an 11am service on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. However, like all of us this year, the Queen and her descendants are going on a very different Christmas and will mark the day behind separate and closed doors.
In the absence of any public presence, Clarence House has released a new photo of Prince Charles and Camilla to celebrate Christmas. It was taken earlier this year by a member of staff in Birkhal, Scotland, and shows the couple dressed casually and holding camera-powered sticks. Prince is smiling broadly and has a pair of binoculars around his neck. The Duchess is wearing jeans. Back in July, she revealed during an interview on BBC Radio 5 that she is wearing “very, very happy” denim this year. She told host Emma Barnett: “I’m very happy with my jeans. It will be very difficult for them to get out again. I think you come to life in a way, don’t you? “
The photo was taken in Scotland earlier this year, but today Charles and Camilla are spending Christmas Day together at Highgrove, the Prince’s Gloucestershire residence. The Duchess also expected to see her children and grandchildren throughout the festive period if restrictions allow, and the couple indicated earlier this year that they would pay a socially distant visit to the Queen and Prince Philip Those who are spending Christmas at Windsor Castle. Cambridge is currently in its Norfolk home, Anmar Hall.
Like all families across the UK, royals are subject to stringent restrictions during the festive period as confirmation of the increasing prevalence of COVID-19 and a new strain is considered more contagious. The British government initially stated that up to three houses could be found indoors for five days during the festive period, but changed the rules with less than a week to go until Christmas. The country now faces the toughest sanctions in London and the South East, which is no domestic mix even on Christmas day. In other areas, three houses are still allowed to meet, but only on Christmas day.
A royal tradition, which will continue as usual, is the Queen’s Christmas broadcast, which is pre-recorded and will be played for the nation in Britain at 3pm today. She rarely participates in broadcasting outside of it, but addressed the nation earlier this year at the onset of the coronovirus epidemic.
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