Queen Elizabeth II Will Spend First Christmas As A Widow With Prince Charles & Camilla Parker Bowles By Her Side
Queen Elizabeth II won't be alone for her first Christmas without her late husband, Prince Philip.
As previously reported by OK!, the monarch cancelled the royal family's annual pre-Christmas gathering at Windsor Castle due to concerns regarding the Omicron variant. Buckingham Palace aides reportedly said the decision "reflects a precautionary approach." Despite the royal upset, Her Majesty will still have those closest to her by her side after the Duke of Edinburgh passed away in April at the age of 99.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, are set to join the Queen for Christmas. "The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be with Her Majesty The Queen on Christmas Day," a Clarence House spokesperson confirmed, per Express.
The Queen's son-in-law Sir Timothy Laurence recently tested positive for COVID-19, meaning he and his daughter, Princess Anne, cannot join the monarch on the festive holiday, Daily Mail reported.
As for the other royal members, Prince William recently revealed he'll be spending the holidays with his wife, Kate Middleton, and their children: Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3. The Duke of Cambridge told patients at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London the family-of-five will be enjoying some festive films, board games and a ton of food.
Meanwhile, an OK! insider spilled Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, "want to nest and make some home-cooked meals," during the festive period. "They'll have some get-togethers with friends and colleagues who've been by their side through thick and thin this year."
"At the end of the day, all that matters to Harry is that they'll be together," the insider explained of the family-of-four. The source pointed out the Duke of Sussex will be "sending messages and gifts" to his loved ones in the U.K. — despite the apparent ongoing tension he has with his family following his and Meghan's 2020 Megxit.
The Queen's annual Christmas Day speech is expected to broadcast as usual, CNN reported.