Will 'rule of six' ruin the Queen's Christmas? Traditional royal celebrations ...

Will ‘rule of six’ ruin the Queen’s Christmas? Traditional royal celebrations at Sandringham may be scrapped due to Covid regulations The Queen, Charles and senior Royals will be unlikely to walk to church in public   ‘Rule of six’ also means she may have to choose who she spends the period with Boris Johnson was unable to guarantee that rules would be gone by Christmas Arrangements are further complicated by ‘HMS Bubble' protective measures

By Emily Andrews Royal Editor For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 01:20 BST, 13 September 2020 | Updated: 01:23 BST, 13 September 2020

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The traditional Royal Christmas faces being scrapped if the current Covid-19 regulations continue, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The Queen, Prince Charles and senior Royals will be unlikely to walk to church in public on Christmas Day, enjoy a family lunch at Sandringham or take part in the long-established Christmas Eve present opening and dinner.

The ‘rule of six’, which limits almost all indoor and outdoor gatherings to half a dozen from tomorrow, may mean the Queen, like everyone else, will have to choose who she spends the festive period with.

Festive tradition: The Queen in red for the Christmas Day service at Sandringham last year. The Monarch will be unlikely to walk to church in public on Christmas Day

Festive tradition: The Queen in red for the Christmas Day service at Sandringham last year. The Monarch will be unlikely to walk to church in public on Christmas Day 

When the crackdown was announced last week, Boris Johnson was unable to guarantee that the rules would be gone by Christmas.

Arrangements are further complicated by ‘HMS Bubble’, the name coined for protective measures thrown around the Queen and Prince Philip to protect them from the virus. It means members of their family cannot stay with them unless they first self-isolate.

Courtiers are understood to be reluctant to encourage crowds, where infections become more likely, so could torpedo plans for the traditional walk to St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate. Last year, some 1,500 wellwishers flocked to see Prince George and Princess Charlotte

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