Charles, 73, and Camilla, 74, will join his mother the Queen on Christmas Day, Clarence House confirmed this week. The monarch’s only daughter Princess Anne will not join the festivities at Windsor Castle, however. It comes as she is spending Christmas in isolation after her husband Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence tested positive for COVID-19. The Queen’s own Christmas plans were derailed by the virus as the Omicron variant has seen infection rates soar across the UK.
Her Majesty first cancelled her annual pre-Christmas lunch because of the risk of Covid infection.
She then announced that she would not host her traditional Christmas gathering at Sandringham due to the spread of the virus.
The Queen instead opted for Windsor over her Norfolk estate, which has now been dropped as the Royal Family’s traditional festive venue for the second Christmas in a row.
Last Christmas also saw Charles and Camilla’s festive plans unexpectedly change when the couple received abuse in the run-up to them posting their Christmas message.
Their greeting to royal fans read: “Wishing you all a happy Christmas and here’s to a better New Year!”
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They shared their festive message on their joint Twitter account with an accompanying picture of the couple taken at their Birkhall residence in Scotland.
The couple are holding walking sticks in the charming snap as they smile and look towards the camera.
Before Charles and Camilla released their seasonal greeting, on November 24, the couple disabled replies to posts from their account – apart from for users they follow or mention.
It came after the pair appeared to be hit by an uptick in abusive online comments from mid-November.
Reports from the time reveal how many of the hate comments directed towards the couple coincided with the fourth series of ‘The Crown’.
They said: “I see #FredandGladys took off the comments again.”
Another online user also commented on Charles and Camilla’s Christmas card they released last year.
They wrote: “I hated Prince Charles and Camilla before season four of The Crown and the recent podcasts I’ve indulged in, but now I LOATHE them.
“I just saw their Christmas card and I am irrationally angry.”
Despite the backlash some members of the public penned messages backing the couple.
One wrote: “Merry Christmas to Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.”
‘The Crown’ is available to watch on Netflix.