The Queen cancels royal family's pre-Christmas lunch

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The Queen has cancelled the royal family's pre-Christmas plans over concerns of the current Covid-19 crisis.

As cases of the new Covid strain Omicron rise rapidly in the UK, the royal has taken precautions and cancelled her pre-Christmas family lunch, which was set to take place next Tuesday. A spokesperson confirmed the news, adding that going ahead "could put too many people’s Christmas plans at risk", reports the BBC.

It follows official advice from the government to prioritise certain social events to avoid the risk of infection and further spreading of the virus before the big day.

This is the second year in a row that the traditional event has been cancelled. Last Christmas, much of the country was in lockdown, meaning that the plans could not go ahead either.

The last time she hosted the event was in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic first began, where she was joined by members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace.

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Photo credit: Anwar Hussein - Getty Images

On that occasion, the Cambridge family was in attendance (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with their three children; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis), as well as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Archie, their only child at that time, did not attend the lunch as they were on a six-week break from royal duties and spent their time privately. A month later, Harry and Meghan announced that they would be stepping down from their roles as senior members of the royal family, in an attempt to carve out a "progressive new role within the institution".

The royal family is yet to confirm whether any further Christmas plans will also be cancelled. The Queen and other key members of the family tend to spend Christmas Day together, and meet with members of the public as they head into a church service.

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Photo credit: Stephen Pond - Getty Images

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