Due to worries about the fast-spreading omicron variant, Queen Elizabeth II has chosen not to spend Christmas at the royal Sandringham estate in eastern England.
The 95-year-old queen will spend the holidays at Windsor Castle, west of London, where she has resided for the most of the outbreak, according to the palace.
During the Christmas season, more members of the royal family are anticipated to visit, with measures made to avoid spreading the infection.
Coronavirus infections are on the rise in the United Kingdom, with omicron replacing delta as the leading type, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that further new restrictions may be needed to prevent the virus’s spread. His health minister has refused to rule out more restrictions before the holidays.
For years, members of the British royal family have spent the holidays in Sandringham, where throngs come to watch them attend Christmas services at the local church.
Since spending a night in the hospital in October and being advised to rest by her physicians, the queen has reduced her travel and work. Since then, she has taken on minor responsibilities such as virtual meetings with ambassadors and weekly chats with the Prime Minister.