Scottish Daily Mail

Queen’s plans for royal Christ­mas bub­ble re­vealed

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SELF-ISO­LAT­ING since t he s t art of t his cri­sis, the Queen will have been ea­gerly l ook­ing for­ward to be­ing re­united with her fam­ily at Christ­mas.

The fes­tive season is, af­ter all, the only time of the year that the roy­als stay to­gether, when they gather at San­dring­ham in Nor­folk to ex­change presents on Christ­mas Eve be­fore go­ing to church to­gether the next day and greet­ing well-wish­ers.

But Boris John­son’s rule that no more than three house­holds can cel­e­brate to­gether has put a span­ner in the royal works.

The Queen will set a good ex­am­ple and abide by the rules, so who will be in the ‘royal bub­ble’? I hear there may be a sur­prise in store.

‘Prince Ed­ward and his fam­ily will be one of the two in her bub­ble,’ a source tells me. The Earl of Wes­sex is, of course, the youngest of the Queen and Prince Philip’s four chil­dren. The Queen is par­tic­u­larly close to Ed­ward’s wife, So­phie.

As heir to the throne, Prince Charles was seen as the most likely to be in the Queen’s bub­ble, along with Prince Wil­liam, the next in line.

How­ever, courtiers think they may have come up with an in­ge­nious plan to keep ev­ery­one happy.

‘If they go to San­dring­ham, their tra­di­tional Box­ing Day shoot could still take place, en­abling them to see mem­bers of the fam­ily un­able to join them on Christ­mas Eve and Christ­mas Day,’ the source tells me. Shoots can legally take place as they are clas­si­fied as or­gan­ised out­door sports, so up to 30 roy­als could blast pheas­ants and par­tridges.

It would ap­peal hugely to Charles and Camilla, who usu­ally leaves af­ter the shoot to spend the rest of Christ­mas with her two chil­dren and five grand­chil­dren. She would be pro­hib­ited from see­ing them if she was in the Queen’s bub­ble.

The same ap­plies to Prince Wil­liam and Kate, who usu­ally spend much of the fes­tive season with her par­ents, Michael and Ca­role Mid­dle­ton, and her sib­lings, Pippa and James.

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