Princess Eugenie, 30, and Princess Beatrice, 32, are among Royal Family members who traditionally spend Christmas with Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, at Sandringham House. However, this year the treasured royal reunion is unlikely to go ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Government’s ban on more than six people gathering is expected to remain in place until the New Year and will dramatically impact most Britons’ Christmas plans.
Usually, Beatrice and Eugenie join the Queen at Sandringham in Norfolk on Christmas Eve and stay over until Boxing Day.
The royals all attend church together in King’s Lynn for the Christmas day service where they are greeted by crowds of excited fans.
Following the church service, the royals return to Sandringham for a lavish Christmas lunch.
On Boxing Day the royals take part in a traditional pheasant shoot on the Sandringham estate before parting ways later the same day.
However, this year these royal Christmas traditions are expected to be cancelled as COVID-19 restrictions make them impossible.
Where will Eugenie and Beatrice spend Christmas?
Eugenie, Beatrice and their husbands are likely to spend Christmas with the princesses’ parents Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
Their family home, The Royal Lodge in Great Windsor Park was given to Prince Andrew by the Queen and has a special place in both Eugenie and Beatrice’s hearts.
Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank are expecting their first child and this will be her last Christmas before becoming a mother.
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi got married in July and will mark their first Christmas together as husband and wife.
While Beatrice and Edoardo don’t have children of their own, Bea is stepmother to Edo’s three-year-old son Christopher known as “Wolfie”.
Eugenie and Beatrice will be able to celebrate Christmas with their husbands and their parents without being in breach of the rule of six.
Who will the Queen and Prince Philip spend Christmas with?
The Queen and Prince Philip are both in their nineties and are at high risk of COVID-19.
This means the royal couple will have to be particularly careful when making their Christmas Day arrangements.
They will only be able to host four family members at a time, which counts out a number of royal relatives, including the Cambridges who are a family of five.
While Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and their three children – Prince George, seven, Prince Louis, two, and Princess Charlotte, five, can’t spend Christmas with the Queen, there are other family members who may.
The Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, 56, his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55 and their two children – Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn make likely guests for the Queen’s Christmas lunch.
The Wessexes could join as a family without breaking the rule of six.