PUBLISHED: 17:43, Tue, Dec 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:44, Tue, Dec 1, 2020
Her Majesty, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, usually travel to their Norfolk home each year and celebrate Christmas with their whole family. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year they will be staying at Windsor Castle for the first time since 1988. The royal couple spent both national lockdowns in Windsor and will celebrate Christmas “quietly” there together.
While cancelling the royal Christmas tradition will be disappointing for the whole family, it will be especially heartbreaking for the Queen because she uses her stay at Sandringham to feel close to her father.
In fact, the Queen honours her father by leaving up her Christmas decorations well past January 6 ‒ or the Twelfth Night ‒ when British tradition would dictate that they come down.
Instead, the Queen leaves hers up a whole month longer until February 6.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
This is because that is the day her father died at Sandringham and she ascended to the throne at just 25 years old.
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Queen Elizabeth II will miss a connection to her father King George VI this Christmas (Image: GETTY)
The Queen had a special relationship with her father, King George VI (Image: GETTY)
On that sad day back in 1952, the Queen had been in Kenya as part of her Commonwealth tour.
To honour and commemorate her father’s life, the Queen stays up at the estate and keeps the trees and decorations up until the anniversary of his death.
Only then does she return to London to resume her duties.
The Queen and her father shared a very special relationship.
The Royal Family usually spend Christmas at Sandringham (Image: GETTY)