Omicron operation now underway at Palace as Queen faces bitter blow, insider says

'Operation Omicron' is now underway at Buckingham Palace to ensure The Queen is not alone at Christmas, an insider says.

The monarch could be without some of her nearest and dearest if her plans to spend the festive season at Sandringham are cancelled.

After her decision to scrap next week's traditional pre-Christmas dinner for up to 50 family members due to soaring Covid cases, sources have previously said that 'all plans are under consideration' – including her annual trip to Norfolk.

It means that the 95-year-old – who is preparing her first Yuletide without her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip – could spend a second festive season at Windsor Castle.

Now a palace insider says an operation is officially underway and the Royal Family is 'rallying' to ensure Her Majesty doesn't spend it alone.

A Palace insider told the Mail on Sunday: "It would be such a bitter blow to the Queen not to have Christmas at Sandringham so there's an operation underway to try to make sure it's a special time of year. Sandringham is such a special place to Her Majesty."

Although it remains unclear what form the Royal festivities will take, or where, a source said there was "a strong desire" from the Queen to gather her family together at Sandringham if possible.

The source also said it is unlikely the 95-year-old Monarch will join the 200-strong congregation at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham for the traditional Christmas Day service.

Instead, she is expected to attend a private service similar to last year when a Royal chaplain delivered a sermon and readings.

The news comes as The Queen is said to have missed church on Sunday 19 December to prevent the virus from ruining her Christmas plans.

Prince William is also said to have "cut all socialising" so he can spend Christmas with his grandmother.

Royal biographer Ingrid Seward said: "Since 1988 they’ve celebrated at Sandringham and, before that, Windsor.

"It’s a significant place for the Queen this year as it’s where her father died 70 years ago and where he spent his last weeks shooting.

"Also, without Philip at her side this year, it’s important that she should be there with the family and keep up a sense of normality.

"She must be so fed up with Windsor. It’s rather gloomy being surrounded by grey brick and she’s been there for so long that she will be keen to get away."

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