Here’s How Queen Elizabeth Could Get Around COVID-19 Restrictions to See Prince William and Kate Middleton This Christmas

Thanks to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the royal family’s big Christmas celebration will be a bit different this year. It has been said that Queen Elizabeth won’t get to spend Christmas with Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge because of COVID-19 restrictions. However, there could be a loophole that would allow for many royals to see each other.

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Only a few people will be with Queen Elizabeth for Christmas this year

For decades now, the royal family has had a tradition of gathering at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England, for Christmas celebrations.

However, this year, Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip—who are both in their 90s—have been trying to keep themselves safe amid the pandemic. As such, according to Town & Country, a spokesperson from Buckingham Palace shared that Her Majesty and Philip will “spend Christmas quietly in Windsor.”

However, some royals can still likely visit the couple. Two of their sons, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, live nearby and have seen the queen and Philip recently during the pandemic. As such, it is possible for Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Andrew, Edward, and members of their household to celebrate Christmas together.

Prince William and Kate Middleton could see Queen Elizabeth on Boxing Day

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William and Kate reportedly will not see Her Majesty and Prince Philip for Christmas. The Cambridge children go to school, so it could be risky for them to be in close contact with their aging great-grandparents.

However, according to Express, there is a loophole that could allow the Cambridges to spend some time with the queen and Prince Philip during the holiday season. In the United Kingdom, Boxing Day is celebrated the day after Christmas. The family has a Boxing Day tradition that the Cambridges could join in on.

“On Boxing Day, they have the Boxing Day hunt, when the Royal Family go out and shoot pheasant and they shoot deer,” royal commentator Natalie Oliveri said. “The Queen is likely to get around those household rules because that hunt is classified as a sporting event.”

She continued, “Up to 30 people can attend, so the Queen can have her whole family around on Boxing Day.”

Of course, it’s not clear if Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will take advantage of this loophole.

How will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spend Christmas?

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Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex moved to California in March, and the couple has not returned to the U.K. at all since the pandemic started. It seems likely they will remain in the United States for Christmas.

As reported by Observer, the Sussexes will have a traditional Christmas celebration at their new home in Montecito. They are likely to be joined by Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland.

The Sussexes keep their family life very private, so we probably will not hear many details about their Christmas gathering. However, before she joined the royal family, Meghan once shared with Grazia some tips she followed for hosting Christmas parties. It’s likely she will utilize some things from her old playbook for a celebrating with her family this month.