Queen Elizabeth Just Broke a 33-Year Royal Christmas Tradition

Like the rest of us, Queen Elizabeth's vacation looks a little different this year due to COVID-19. In fact, it has forced her to break a 33-year-old Christmas tradition.
The British monarch traditionally spends Christmas every year at Sandringham House, where she is joined by the royal family, including her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. However, the pandemic has prevented them from celebrating at the country house this year.
Instead, the Queen spends Christmas at Windsor Castle with her husband Prince Philip for the first time since 1987. “After considering all appropriate advice, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have decided to have a quiet Christmas in Windsor this year. According to ABC News, a Buckingham Palace spokesman announced in early December.
"They are lucky enough to have Christmas with their family every year, but they know their family will have competing needs over the Christmas season and are content to have a quiet Christmas season this year," a source told People. "Like everyone else, they hope that normalcy will return in 2021."
For the rest of the royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate Christmas with their son Archie in California, while Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three children spend the holidays at Anm Hall, their Norfolk estate. The Queen's son, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, live on their Gloucestershire estate, Highgrove House.
Despite the change of plan, the 94-year-old royal matriarch still gave her annual Christmas speech and offered a message of hope to the world during these troubled times.
"Every year we announce the arrival of Christmas by turning on the lights. And light creates more than just a festive mood - light brings hope," she began. "For Christians, Jesus is" the light of the world, "but we cannot celebrate his birth in the usual way today."
She continued, "People of all faiths could not gather the way they would like for their festivals such as Passover, Easter, Eid and Vaisakhi," continued Queen Elizabeth before adding, "But we need life to to carry on. "
"Remarkably, a year that necessarily kept people apart has brought us closer in many ways," she said. “Of course, this time of year will be marked by sadness for many: some will mourn those who care about them and others who miss friends and family - members who have distanced themselves for safety reasons when everything they really care about for Christmas would wish is a simple hug or a squeeze of your hand. "
The Queen offered her thoughts and prayers to those who mourned or were separated from their families over the holidays before completing her speech, which you can see in full above. "Let the light of Christmas - the spirit of selflessness, love and above all hope - guide us into the times to come," she said. "In this spirit, I wish you a Merry Christmas."
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