The UK is facing a further rise in Omicron-driven Covid-19 infections.
The country has registered more than 80,000 new cases every day since Friday. 91,743 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded on Monday, the second highest figure since the start of the pandemic, according to government data.
This will be the queen’s first holiday season since the death of Prince Philip, her 73-year-old husband. He died in April at the age of 99.
Festival celebrations were canceled last year as the country was in the midst of a Covid-19 pandemic and households were banned from mixing to curb the transmission of the virus. The Queen stayed in Windsor with Prince Philip and a small staff bubble.
When the Queen left her pre-Christmas meeting last week, a source at Buckingham Palace told CNN that the decision was precautionary, as it was believed that lunch would jeopardize too many people’s Christmas arrangements if was achieved.
His pre-recorded annual Christmas Day speech is still expected to be broadcast as planned.