Queen ‘far better’ and will host Christmas at Sandringham

Queen 'far better' and will host Christmas at Sandringham

The Queen has told her family she is well enough to host Christmas at Sandringham after recovering from a recent back sprain, reports the Mirror.

Her Majesty, 95, assured them she is feeling “far better” and is “looking forward” to the traditional festive get together at her Norfolk estate, which will be the first since her husband the Duke of Edinburgh passed away in April.

Concern for the Queen’s health has grown in recent weeks after she pulled out of a number of major engagements.

The monarch has been resting under doctors’ orders at Windsor Castle, however, and last month spent a night in hospital for an unconfirmed condition.

It is understood the Queen will travel to Sandringham on or around Friday, December 17.

Royal sources said it was likely she would make the 50-minute helicopter journey from Windsor, but suggested a traditional journey by train from London to Kings Lynn was also possible.

Her guests will include the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.

Her youngest son the Earl of Wessex, his wife Sophie and their two children, have also confirmed their attendance.

Princess Anne and her children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall are also expected to attend.

The invitation has been extended to Princesses Beatrice, her husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi and their newborn daughter Sienna, as well as Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their baby son August.

Royal sources suggested that the scandal-hit Duke of York had “obviously” been invited too, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “highly unlikely” to fly over from California with their two children despite their invitations.

One source said: “The Queen has told everyone she is feeling far better of late and is very much looking forward to welcoming them for Christmas.

“Like many other families, this will be the first time Her Majesty can gather with her extended family after being kept apart for so long due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

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