The Queen has very ‘good judgement’ and is ‘chatty with those she trusts’ in her inner circle, according to a royal insider.
Her Majesty, 95, who lost her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, in April, has an intimate ‘bubble’ of people she’s close to, reported PEOPLE, including her ladies-in-waiting like Lady Susan Hussey, whom she’s known for six decades.
Lady Annabel Whitehead, Lady Elizabeth Leeming and Prince Charles’s nanny Mabel Anderson are also reported to be in her inner circle, according to the magazine.
Meanwhile, Paul Whybrew, the Queen’s favourite courtier – who is known as ‘Tall Paul’ due to his 6ft 4in frame – and her dresser Angela Kelly are said to be a near constant presence by her side.
The Queen (pictured in October) has very ‘good judgement’ and is ‘chatty with those she trusts’ in her inner circle, according to a royal insider
‘The Queen can go from being magisterial to chatty with those she trusts. She has good judgement once she trusts people – and once she does it is very easy,’ said a royal insider to the publication.
Staffers within the Queen’s COVID ‘bubble’ reportedly insist it is a ‘cheerful place’, the insider added.
They said: ‘Those who are in it cherish their place. They are a support for the Queen and someone that they can have a laugh with and she can talk about the issues of the day.’
The Queen is also often visited by her son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who live a short drive away at Bagshot Park with their two children.
Her Majesty’s second eldest son Prince Andrew, who lives nearby at Royal Lodge, is also thought to regularly visit.
Her Majesty, 95, who lost her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, in April, has an intimate ‘bubble’ of people she’s close to, reported PEOPLE, including her ladies-in-waiting like Lady Susan Hussey (pictured together in 2016), whom she’s known for six decades
Today sources revealed the Queen will host the annual Royal Family Christmas lunch on Tuesday despite fears over the Omicron Covid variant.
The monarch is pressing on with the event at Windsor Castle, which is expected to welcome 50 or so relatives, including Prince Charles and Camilla.
And while three of her four new great-grandchildren – August, Lucas and Sienna – are expected to attend, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and their son Archie and newborn Lilibet, also born this year, will remain in the US.
The Queen’s annual Christmas lunch, usually held at Buckingham Palace, had to be called off last year amid tougher Covid restrictions – but moves to cancel the event this year are reportedly being resisted.
One day after the festive party, which will feature wine, crackers and a feast, the Queen will travel by helicopter to Sandringham in Norfolk, where she will spend Christmas.
Today sources revealed the Queen will host the annual Royal Family Christmas lunch on Tuesday despite fears over the Omicron Covid variant. (Pictured: The Queen at Ascot in October this year)
The annual Christmas lunch will be held at Windsor Castle (pictured) this year, instead of the usual Buckingham Palace
Pictured: The Prince of Wales is joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2019
The Royal Family will later join her there on Christmas Eve and gather on December 25, as is tradition, before visiting St Mary Magdalene Church.
A source told the Sun: ‘Currently it is going ahead but obviously it will be under review right up until the last moment.’
The Queen is currently residing in Windsor Castle, where she remains on ‘light duties’ following multiple health scares in recent weeks.
An insider added: ‘It is Windsor Castle so it will be pretty easy to socially distance if needed. There is no way the Queen wants to let anything get in the way of a family event like this.
‘Particularly with the year she has had after losing her husband and being forced to go on light duties on doctor’s orders. It will likely be the first time so many family members have been together since Philip’s funeral.
‘But obviously everyone must act responsibly and things can change in a short period of time but as it stands they’re all set for Tuesday.’
The Royal Family will join the Queen at Sandringham (pictured) on Christmas Eve and gather on December 25, as is tradition, before visiting St Mary Magdalene Church
An ITV film crew recorded the Queen’s Christmas Day address several weeks ago.
The Mail reported last week that palace aides were also exploring options for the monarch to appear in public in the run up to December 25 to wish the country a very happy Christmas.
Although photographs and videos have been released by Buckingham Palace of the sovereign undertaking in-person and virtual audiences with foreign ambassadors, dignitaries and the Prime Minister, all meetings have taken place behind palace walls.
The hope is that the Queen will be well enough to take part in a short public engagement in the castle grounds.
Her appearance will be seen as a ‘small shot of joy’ in difficult times.
‘It won’t be a normal Christmas, but like many families around the country, it will be as normal as it can get,’ a source said.
The Queen was last seen in public at a Windsor Castle reception on October 19. The next day, she cancelled a trip to Northern Ireland and was taken to hospital overnight for undisclosed ‘preliminary tests’.
She was ordered to rest for several weeks and since then has undertaken a small number of low-key engagements, including recording a video message for the Cop26 summit.