Queen ‘to have family round’ for Christmas gathering – and may appear in public for first time since early autumn


THE QUEEN is set to “have family around” for a Christmas gathering and host a pre-festive season party, it’s been reported.

Her Majesty, 95, may appear in public for the first time since early autumn as she enjoys Christmas by celebrating with her close family.

The Queen leaving St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham on Christmas Day in 2012

According to the Mail, Her Maj has been given the go-ahead by doctors to throw her annual private pre-festive season party.

Extended family members will all be given an invite to the party – which hasn’t been held since 2019.

It’s set to be held at Windsor Castle, not Buckingham Palace – where it’s been hosted for decades by the monarch.

And after the pre-festive season party, the Queen is set to move her court to Sandringham Estate in Norfolk for Christmas.

But before she leaves, she will record her annual Christmas message to be broadcast on December 25 for the nation to watch.

It will be her first since the death of her beloved Prince Philip – who died in April at the age of 99.

The speech is likely to reflect on her dear late husband, as well as the ongoing strength of the nation during the pandemic.

She’ll be surrounded by her closest family in time for Christmas Eve, according to reports.

Palace aides are also exploring options for the monarch to appear in public over the next two weeks to wish the country a happy Christmas, reports the Mail.

A source said her appearance will be a “small shot of joy” in difficult times.

They added: “It won’t be a normal Christmas, but like many families around the country, it will be as normal as it can get.”


In November, the Queen pulled out of a Remembrance Sunday event after spraining her back.

Her Majesty, 95, was due to make her first official appearance – after resting for a month under doctor’s orders – to lead the nation in commemorating our brave soldiers.

But the Palace said she wouldn’t attend the service at the Cenotaph and was “disappointed to miss the event”.

The Queen was recently advised to step back from official duties by medics after an overnight stay in hospital.

Her Majesty has missed the event just six times during her reign – either when pregnant or away on tour.