See Photos of the Last Time the Royals Had Christmas at Windsor Castle — 33 Years Ago
Jayne Fincher / Princess Diana Archives / Getty Sarah Ferguson, Princess Diana, Prince Andrew and Prince William
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are breaking their tradition of spending Christmas in Sandringham amid the coronavirus pandemic - but this isn't the first time they have celebrated the holidays at Windsor Castle.
Although the royal family has been ringing the bell for Christmas on the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk, about 100 miles north of London, for over three decades, there were no holiday celebrations at Windsor Castle in the 1980s. The last time the family gathered at Windsor Castle for Christmas was in 1987.
After visiting the church at St. George's Chapel - where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank tied the knot in 2018 - the royals were photographed as they returned to the castle for more vacation fun.
The year marked Prince William's Christmas debut with the royal family. For the occasion, he wore a powder blue coat and smiled as he waved to the photographer.
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Princess Diana wore a yellow jacket with a matching hat for the vacation getaway and held Lady Rose Windsor's hands as they walked around the castle grounds.
Sarah Ferguson - or Fergie, as the Duchess of York is called - wore a festive red ensemble with a fluffy white hat.
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While Queen Elizabeth wore a green cloak and matching hat for the occasion, her sister Princess Margaret wore a fur jacket.
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Queen Elizabeth, 94, canceled her regular trip to Sandringham for Christmas earlier this month. Instead, she and her husband Prince Philip, 99, live in Windsor Castle, where they have spent much of their time in quarantine since March.
"After considering all the appropriate advice, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have decided to have a quiet Christmas this year in Windsor," said a Buckingham Palace spokesman.
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A royal source tells PEOPLE, "They are fortunate enough to have Christmas with their family every year, but they understand that their family will have competing demands over the Christmas season and are content to have a quiet Christmas season this year." "
"Like everyone else, they hope that normalcy will return to normal in 2021," the source added. The Queen and Philip may still see some members of their family, "but they understand that they have competing demands."
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