For the first time in more than thirty years, the royal family is not waking up in Sandringham this Christmas day, and Queen and Prince Philip are spending it together in their locking balloon at Windsor Castle.
Earlier this month it was confirmed that the royal couple will not normally travel to Norfolk for a holiday break, and like the rest of the country will be separated from other members of the royal family due to COVID-19 restrictions.
A palace spokesman said at the time: “After considering all the relevant advice, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh decided to spend Christmas peacefully in Windsor this year.”
It is understood that the couple was satisfied with the peaceful holiday season this year, as well as all those who hope that things will return to normal in 2021.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will spend the day privately in Highgrove, their home in Gloucestershire.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children are housed in Anmer Hall in Norfolk, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex are also known to reside with their children on the Sandringham estate.
Throughout the year, everything was done to make the 94-year-old monarch and her 99-year-old husband as protected as possible from the virus, and only a small bubble of people was allowed near them.
The family had not spent Christmas in Windsor for more than thirty years.
In 1988, a diversion work took place in Windsor, which meant the celebrations were moved to Sandringham.
For many royal observers, it has become part of their Christmas morning routine to get up early and watch the Windsors walk to St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham.
Every year, thousands of people line up to have the opportunity to wish the kings a Merry Christmas.
But this year we will not see the royal ladies in public at all because the palace does not want to encourage a gathering of people.
For this reason the Queen will not go to church, but will attend some form of private worship in the Windsor Castle circle.
One royal Christmas tradition that will still take place is the broadcast of the Queen’s Christmas message at 3 p.m.
In previous years, the palace had published a review of her Christmas message, but this year she decided not to.
Her Majesty’s rare television addresses during the first lock and for CoE Day were considered important moments for the country’s gathering during the pandemic.
While people across the UK will continue to face uncertainty, what she decided to say in her message this year will be considered by many to be particularly significant and poignant.