PUBLISHED: 08:48, Wed, Sep 9, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:48, Wed, Sep 9, 2020
Palace officials are creating a COVID bubble between Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Sandringham House to allow the Queen and Prince Philip to move freely within these estates without the risk of catching coronavirus, according to reports. These measures would make it easier for the elderly royals to meet during the autumn as well as spend Christmas at Sandringham, according to royal experts.
A royal insider told the Daily Mail the Queen and Philip's Christmas at Sandringham is "set in stone" - unless there is a dramatic change in national guidelines on COVID-19.
The source said: "This is something that they have been planning for a while and will enable them to create a new bubble in order to continue to see each other while Her Majesty commutes between Windsor and Buckingham Palace for official duties."
However, the newly-announced ban on gatherings of more than six people in England as well as the currently standing social-distancing measures are likely to disrupt plans of a wider family gathering on Christmas, a royal watcher has noted.
Twitter user Beth W wrote: "Well according to the latest UK rules, only six family members can join them for Christmas".
The Queen and Prince Philip could spend Christmas together at Sandringham this year despite coronavirus (Image: GETTY)
The Queen and Prince Philip are to travel to Sandringham next week (Image: GETTY)
As announced yesterday evening by the Government, groups of more than six people from different households won't be allowed to meet either indoor or outdoor from Monday.
However, this new regulation won't apply to schools, workplaces, wedding, funerals and team sports.
People failing to comply face a £100 fine, doubling on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.
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Meghan, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate arriving at St Mary Magdalene Church in 2018 (Image: GETTY)
This afternoon, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to hold a press conference to brief the country on the spike in coronavirus cases.
Ahead of the news conference, the Prime Minister said: "We need to