Queen is "furious" after Sandringham employees "refuse to work in their Covid bubble" over Christmas – meaning she may be forced to spend it at Windsor Castle for the first time in 33 years
- The staff in the back room of Sandringham were asked to support Queen over Christmas
- But the workers rebelled against plans to isolate them from loved ones for a month
- Queen may be forced to vacation in Windsor for the first time in 33 years
- Palace officials create a special "bubble" between Sandringham and Windsor
The Queen reportedly "angry" after Royal Household staff outraged a plan to stay in a coronavirus bubble in Sandringham over Christmas.
A team of about 20 staff had been asked to stay at the monarch's Norfolk estate without their families to assist them, Prince Philip and other members of the royal family during the festive season.
However, it is believed that the group, which is believed to be cleaners, laundry and maintenance workers, mutinied because they were unwilling to isolate themselves from loved ones for four weeks.
Staff were asked to stay for a month so they could stay in a Covid bubble to protect the 94-year-old monarch.
The uprising means the Queen could be forced to spend Christmas at Windsor Castle for the first time in 33 years.
Palace officials are in the process of creating a special "bubble" between Sandringham and Windsor, which means the Queen can travel between the two on the same team.
The Queen records her Christmas message at Buckingham Palace in December 2018
A royal source told The Sun, “The queen is angry. The staff said enough is enough. It is absolutely unprecedented.
“Everyone wants to remain loyal, but they feel pushed too far because they have to be isolated from their families for Christmas.
"There are operational discussions with the team, but it's too early to speculate about the implications for Christmas."
The Queen usually spends her winter break in Sandringham and travels to Buckingham Palace for extended family members in December after the Christmas party.
Until recently she had been to Balmoral, Scotland with her 99-year-old husband Philip, but traveled to Sandringham on September 14th.
The Queen usually spends her winter break at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk (pictured)
The couple decided to leave Scotland three weeks early to spend some quiet time together in the intimate setting of Wood Farm in Sandringham, where Philip now lives alone in a “modest” five bedroom house.
Palace officials create a "bubble" between Sandringham and Windsor.
This means that when the Queen returns to the castle in early October and "commutes" while resuming her limited duties at Buckingham Palace during the week, she can still travel between her apartments to see each other.
The prince has spent most of his time at Wood Farm since retiring from his public duties in 2017, as he prefers the quiet there, away from the formalities of royal life.
Prince Charles, William, Kate, Meghan and Harry in December 2018 at Sandringham, Norfolk
A royal spokesman said the queen intends to run a reduced audience and engagement schedule at Buckingham Palace in the run-up to Christmas.
But she could be forced to make a difficult decision about who to invite for Christmas Day if the current “Rule of Six” restrictions remain in place through December.
Insiders say it has always been the royal family's intention to have Buckingham Palace open as a functioning building as soon as Covid regulations allow it.
Balmoral will reopen for tours on October 3rd. Prince Andrew was also seen leaving the estate earlier this month after spending a week's vacation with his parents.
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