Queen cancels traditional pre-Christmas family lunch

18:28, 16 December 2021
Queen cancels traditional pre-Christmas family lunch Photo: REUTERS

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family decided not to hold the traditional family pre-Christmas lunch due to the rapid spreading of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom.

The Bukingham Palace said that it is due to fears of the Omicron variant spreading that the lunch was cancelled.

The measure is a sort of a precaution as everyone needs to be healthy for Christmas itself.

The 95-year-old Queen hosts the traditional launch every year at Windsor Castle.

This is not the first time it gets canceled as last year the pandemic has also forced the royal family to cancel its plans.

During the lunch the Queen usually sees her family and then leaves for Sandringham where she spends her Christmas holidays.

This is the Queen’s first Christmas without her husband with whom she had been married to for over 70 years until he died in April this year.

The UK Prime Minister said that it is possible his meeting with the Queen will be held virtually.

"That will be a matter for the Royal Family,” he said in a statement

"I'm not aware of them not being... I think they will probably be moved virtually but that'll be a matter for the palace," he added.

The Queen is currently having health issues which is why there are not many events that she attends in person.