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Queen Elizabeth cancels pre-Christmas lunch as COVID cases soar

Queen Elizabeth cancels pre-Christmas lunch as COVID cases soar
December 16, 2021 Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth has cancelled a pre-Christmas lunch with her family as a precaution while cases of COVID-19 soar in Britain, a Buckingham Palace source said.

"The decision is a precautionary one as it is felt to put too many people's Christmas arrangements at risk if it went ahead.

"While there is regret that it is cancelled, there is a belief it is the right thing to do for all."

England's chief medical officer warned people not to mix with others unless they have to in the run-up to Christmas after Britain recorded its most daily COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Britain's 95-year-old monarch spent the majority of the pandemic at Windsor Castle to the west of London. Her husband Prince Philip died in April this year after more than seven decades of marriage.