Although Queen Elizabeth is often surrounded by staff members, a royal expert claims the monarch typically feels alone and looks forward to the holiday season. This Christmas, she’ll be surrounded by Prince William, Kate Middleton, their children, and other members of the royal family.

Since she is the head of the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth has a busy schedule, which gives her little time with her family. However, Christmas allows her to take a break from her royal duties and spend some much-needed quality time with her loved ones.

During a conversation with Sunrise, royal commentator Robert Jobson revealed Queen Elizabeth sometimes feels isolated from her family. 

“A lot of the time she’s not with the family – it can be quite a lonely existence. They all run their own little department, doing their own thing and they don’t see each other,” he said.

“She loves having all the children around and let’s just hope for her that the Duke will be able to get out for Christmas Day. I’m sure it would make a great difference to her and the rest of the Royal Family,” he added.

News of the reason why Queen Elizabeth values Christmas comes following the statement from Buckingham Palace that announced Prince Philip was hospitalized to monitor a “pre-existing” condition.

“The Duke of Edinburgh traveled from Norfolk this morning to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition. The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’ Doctor,” the statement read.

Despite her husband’s hospitalization, Queen Elizabeth has put on a brave face as she prepares to spend Christmas with the rest of the royal family at her Sandringham estate.