The Queen and Prince Philip may get to see family members after all this Christmas

Some claim the Royal Family may make brief socially-distanced visits

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive at King's Lynn Station on December 21, 2017 in King's Lynn, England ahead of their Christmas break
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The Queen and Prince Philip have recently announced their intention to celebrate Christmas “quietly’ at Windsor Castle this year.

The news that the Queen and Prince Philip will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle followed much speculation over which of the royal couple’s relatives might be joining their festive bubble. The revelation that the Queen will be having a quiet Christmas has suggested to many that she and Prince Philip have chosen not to form one. 

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have now announced that they will be spending Christmas in Gloucestershire this year. And whilst it’s not yet known where Prince William and Duchess Catherine will be spending it, it’s thought they will be joining Michael and Carole Middleton for the festivities. 

Now some have claimed that the Queen may receive a visit from family before the Christmas season is over. 

Who might the Queen get to see at Christmas?

With the traditional royal Christmas celebrations at Sandringham cancelled due to covid-19, Prince Charles will be celebrating in Gloucestershire. 

However, Prince Charles is thought by some to be among the family members who may head to the Berkshire castle for a visit in late December. 

The Daily Express royal correspondent, Richard Palmer, has written on Twitter that: ‘Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will be at Highgrove for Christmas Day but expect to see the Queen and Philip at Windsor at some point’.

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Meanwhile Vanity Fair have revealed a source’s claims that Charles is “planning a visit” so that “he can see his parents over Christmas”. 

They report that courtiers are supposedly “relieved” that the Queen and Prince Philip “will be able to see some family members”. 

Who else might visit the Queen this Christmas?

If Prince Charles does in fact decide to pay his parents a visit this Christmas, he may not be the only one. Prince Andrew and his former wife Sarah Ferguson both live at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park. This is just a 15 minute drive from Windsor Castle. 

The couple’s youngest daughter Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank also live close by.


It was recently revealed that the couple, who are expecting their first child next year, have moved into Frogmore Cottage

The property remains the official UK residence of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and is just a 10 minute drive away from the castle. 

Eugenie and Jack were both seen arriving at Balmoral Castle earlier in the summer where they conducted a socially-distanced visit to the Queen.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene

(Image credit: Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children also visited the Queen and Prince Philip at Balmoral this summer. Whilst it was the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex who had been tipped to be the first to join the monarch’s festive bubble.

The success of these socially-distanced occasions has perhaps paved the way for Christmas visits this year. Whether anyone will end up making the trip to Windsor Castle remains to be seen.

Though the Queen would no doubt be pleased to see some of her family for a brief socially-distanced visit in what has been a difficult year.

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!