Elizabeth II and the Windsors: What are they doing for New Year’s Eve?

Her Christmas was sad, marked by a certain loneliness. The 31st of December of Elizabeth II does not look much more cheerful. Explanations.

Can’t wait for the twelve strokes of midnight! One week after her Christmas marked by the mourning of Prince Philip and threatened by an unbalanced person, Elizabeth II is impatient to finish with the year 2021, another annus horribilis. Megxit, widowhood, health problems … the cup is full. This December 31, the sovereign will again be confined to Windsor Castle, when her preference is to stay at Sandrigham Castle for the end of year celebrations and until February.

Who will be at her side for the passage to the new year? This is the question that arises, while Princess Anne, a positive case of contact with her husband at Covid, has failed him for Christmas; Kate, William and their children were at the Middletons‘ house this year; Meghan and Harry do not intend to leave California; or Charles and Camilla usually win their Scottish manor of Birkhead. Elizabeth II has never been very coercive about New Year’s Eve on December 31, but as for December 24 and 25, she followed a few rules.

© AGENCY / BESTIMAGEElizabeth II as she leaves the church service on Dec. 31, 2017, at St. Mary Magdalene Chapel on the Sandringham grounds.


A usually convivial New Year’s Eve, with games before midnight

As the 31st approached, Elizabeth II, whose twilight increasingly resembled a solitary walk, used to invite the Windsors who had already been with her at Christmas, but also more distant members of the royal family. It was these older relatives who usually kept him company, the Cambridges feasting with the Middleton siblings, and Harry often heading to Los Angeles. As on the morning of December 25, the Queen and her guests attended the church service at St. Mary Magdalene Chapel on the grounds of Sandringham, before beginning the countdown to midnight. No lingering dinner, no minutes of staring into each other’s eyes either.

As midnight approached, Elizabeth II initiated charades and an even more disconcerting game, according to Brian Hoey, author of At Home with the Queen: the drawing of predictions for the coming year. Each of his guests had to dip his hand into a container filled with sawdust and folded paper, before reading the prophecy written on his paper. At midnight, everyone went to bed in the wake of Elizabeth II. The next day was for the Queen and her husband Philip the occasion for a horse ride, or, for those less comfortable in the saddle, a pheasant hunt. This year, it is the variant Omicron that makes Elizabeth II, soon to be 96, an easy prey. Dirty year 2021 …

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