The Queen could cancel traditional Christmas Day walkabout amid Covid fears

The Queen could cancel her traditional Christmas Day royal walkabout at Sandringham this year amid fears it could become Omicron super spreader event.

The royal walkabout usually sees hundreds of people head to Sandringham but latest reports suggest the Queen may cancel it amid Covid fears.

A source told The Mirror: “Of course everyone would love everything back to normal – but the situation is anything but.”

The source said visitors may still be allowed on the Sandringham estate, but the famous footpath will be locked down.

The walkabout didn’t take place last year either due to Covid restrictions.

Buckingham Palace insisted to OK! that all the Queen’s plans for Christmas were still under discussion.

The monarch, 95, has already "regretfully" decided to cancel the Royal Family's annual pre-Christmas party and lunch as Omicron fears continue to grow.

As cases of the COVID-19 variant continue to surge in the UK, Her Majesty reportedly feels that the “risk” is too high on the rest of the family’s plans over the Christmas period.

According to the Daily Mail’s Royal correspondent Rebecca English, the Queen feels “regretful” over the decision.

“It could put too many people’s Christmas arrangements at risk if it went ahead,” Rebecca posted on Twitter.

“The decision is a precautionary one,” she continued. “The Queen is regretful, but feels it is the right thing to do.”

The DukeandDuchess of Cambridgeare also taking precautions amid Covid fears as they have agreed to cancel any social events they have planned in the run-up to Christmas so the couple can spend time with The Queen over Christmas.

The Duke and Duchess were able to squeeze in some festive entertainment recently,as they sat in the posh seats for the Royal Variety Performance on 17 November.

The couple were in hysterics as Alan Carr wowed the audience with his incredible body transformation act. The staple of the festive TV calendar will be aired on Sunday 19 December on ITV.

Measures have been brought in to ensure her Majesty is not alone over the festive period, following the continuing spread of the COVID-19 variant Omicron.

This thoughtful approach has been followed by the rest of the Royal family, asPrince CharlesandCamilla,Princess Anne,Prince Edwardand his wife Sophie have also agreed to postpone their plans so they can spend time with The Queen at Christmas.

This will be the first Christmas for The Queen without her beloved husband Prince Philip, who passed away earlier this year. Last Christmas her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh spent the day together in Windsor Castle.

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