The Queen has canceled her holiday trip to Sandringham and will celebrate Christmas at Windsor Castle as COVID-19 cases skyrocket

Queen Elizabeth II during the Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on October 16, 2021 in Ascot, England.
Queen Elizabeth II during the Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on October 16, 2021 in Ascot, England.
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  • Queen Elizabeth has canceled her holiday trip to her Sandringham estate. 
  • The trip was canceled amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in the UK and across the world.
  • She is expected to instead celebrate the holidays at Windsor Castle with her family.

Queen Elizabeth has canceled her annual holiday trip to her Sandringham estate as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the UK and across the world.

The 95-year-old monarch will instead celebrate Christmas at Windsor Castle with her family, according to Sky News.

The royal family will follow COVID-19 protocols while visiting over the holidays, according to "Good Morning America" royal contributor Victoria Murphy.

Spending Christmas at the 8,000 hectare Sandringham Estate in Norfolk has long been a tradition for the royal family.

During normal festivities, the royal family attends church services at St. Mary Magdalene, exchanges gifts on Christmas Eve, and attends a black-tie Christmas dinner, Insider previously reported.

The decision to cancel Sandringham festivities this year comes after Queen Elizabeth announced she was canceling a pre-Christmas brunch with the royal family members over concerns of the Omicron variant, Reuters reported.

"The decision is a precautionary one as it is felt to put too many people's Christmas arrangements at risk if it went ahead," a Buckingham Palace source told Reuters. "While there is regret that it is cancelled, there is a belief it is the right thing to do for all."

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