Princess Anne self-isolating after husband Sir Timothy Laurence tests positive for Covid


The Queen’s daughter will have to spend the festive period isolating at home (Picture: Getty)

Princess Anne is self-isolating after her husband tested positive for Covid-19.

It means the Queen’s daughter will not be able to attend her mother’s scaled back Christmas event this year.

Instead, the princess and husband Sir Timothy Laurence, a former Navy vice admiral, are reportedly quarantining at the Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire.

It’s the latest blow to the Royal Family’s traditional festive plans, with the usual event at Sandringham already called off.

Like many people across the country, the royals have decided to self-impose limits on this year’s celebrations amid the coronavirus wave.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen, who has suffered health problems of late, has decided to celebrate in Windsor rather than travel.

The decision was a ‘personal one’ taken after careful consideration, and it reflects a precautionary approach.

The Royal Family are set to spend their first Christmas without Prince Philip (Picture: Getty)

It is not yet known who will join the monarch for her first Christmas without her late husband Prince Philip.

The royals have also not confirmed where the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be spending Christmas.

Last week, it was revealed the Queen had cancelled plans for her pre-Christmas family lunch, due to be held on Tuesday.

The annual event allows members of the family who cannot travel to Sandringham to spend time with the monarch, but last year’s lunch was also cancelled because of the pandemic.

The Queen also spent last Christmas at Windsor, where she and the Duke of Edinburgh stayed shielded throughout lockdowns.

Christmas celebrations for the royals were previously always held at Windsor, but moved to Sandringham in 1988 when the castle was being rewired.

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