Determined Queen plans to ‘host the family’ at Sandringham this Christmas and believes that seeing loved ones will be the ‘perfect tonic’ and is ‘more important than ever this year’
Last week, Her Majesty underwent medical tests and spent a night at London´s King Edward VII´s Hospital, her first such stay in in eight years and she has cancelled all working visits for the next two weeks.
The 95-year-old, who used a walking stick for the first time during two royal visits this month, is currently recovering at Windsor Castle but is keen to make a speedy recovery in time for the holiday.
The monarch believes hosting a festive gathering at her Norfolk home will be ‘the perfect tonic’ after a year of cancelled engagements due to the pandemic.
The Queen, pictured with a walking stick at the ceremonial opening of the sixth Senedd for the second time this month in Cardiff, is ‘totally committed’ to hosting Christmas at Sandringham after she has rested up following a week in hospital on the advice of royal doctors
The monarch believes hosting a festive gathering at her Norfolk with the Royal Family, pictured at Christmas Day church service at Sandringham in 2019, home will be ‘the perfect tonic’ after a year of cancelled engagements due to the pandemic
A royal insider told the Mirror: ‘This year, more than ever, it is incredibly important to Her Majesty to be surrounded by her loved ones.
‘The Queen is totally committed to hosting everyone as she hopes to make it back to full health in the coming weeks.’
‘After being forced to cancel a host of engagements, the family get-together will be the perfect tonic.’
This will be the Queen’s first Christmas since Prince Philip died in April this year and the insider added that after being forced to cancel several engagements due to the pandemic, ‘the family get-together will be the perfect tonic.’
The 95-year-old, who used a walking stick for the first time during a royal visit this month (seen at Westminster Abbey), is currently recovering at Windsor Castle but is keen to make a speedy recovery in time for the holiday
Boris Johnson said yesterday that the Queen was ‘on very good form’ during their weekly conversation earlier this week.
‘I spoke to Her Majesty as I do every week as part of my job and she was on very good form,’ Johnson told ITV News on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Rome.
As the prime minister has a weekly audience with the queen. The most recent one took place virtually on Wednesday.
The Queen used a walking stick twice this month before being advised to rest
‘She has been told by her doctors that she has got to rest and I think we have got to respect that and understand that and everybody wishes her all the very best,’ Johnson said.
The Queen has continued to work since her hospital visit and will press on with desk-based duties.
During her rest period, she will miss attending the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, which commences on Sunday. However, she has recorded a message that will be relayed to attendees.
She will also skip the Nov. 13 Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London, an event meant to honor the British and Commonwealth men and women who have fought wars, disasters and pandemics to protect and defend the nation.
Since last appearing in public two weeks ago, the Queen has only carried out virtual engagements. She is pictured carrying out a virtual audience via video link with the Ambassador from the Swiss Confederation earlier this month
However, the palace said it is the queen´s ‘firm intention’ to be present for a Remembrance Sunday ceremony in central London on Nov. 14.
Since last appearing in public two weeks ago, the Queen has only carried out virtual engagements, with the latest coming yesterday when she virtually presented English poet David Constantine – who was at Buckingham Palace – with The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement earlier this week: ‘Following on from their recent advice that the Queen should rest for a few days, Her Majesty’s doctors have advised that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks.
‘The doctors have advised that Her Majesty can continue to undertake light, desk-based duties during this time, including some virtual audiences [the receiving of ambassadors], but not to undertake any official visits.
‘Her Majesty regrets that this means she will be unable to attend the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday November 13.
‘However, it remains The Queen’s firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, on November 14.’
Sandringham House on the Sandringham Estate, Norfolk,