KEY POINTS

  • Queen Elizabeth II cancels a Christmas tradition
  • Prince Philip admitted to the hospital
  • Royal family's Christmas at Sandringham

Queen Elizabeth II canceled a Christmas tradition while Prince Philip recovers from hospitalization.

On Friday, Her Majesty was spotted arriving at King’s Cross station. The Queen’s arrival marked the start of her traditional Christmas holiday at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

Queen Elizabeth II has made a custom to spend the holidays there. She has been doing this for years. However, the monarch is altering a practice that the royal family has been accustomed to every holiday. She has reportedly canceled a family pheasant shoot which was supposed to take place on Saturday. 

The Duke of Edinburgh no longer participates in the shoot, but he likes to watch the action from a distance. It is believed that the Queen canceled it out of respect for him, New Idea reported.

The royal family is fond of the said annual activity. However, last year, Prince Harry skipped Boxing Day because he didn’t want to upset his wife, Meghan Markle.

“The Boxing Day shoot was always going to be a tricky issue. Meghan is a keen animal rights campaigner and doesn't like hunting in any form,” an insider at Balmoral told The Sun.

“Harry loves it and has always been out there on Boxing Day. But if it means breaking with long-standing royal traditions to avoid upsetting her, so be it.”

Aside from that, the Queen has also reportedly canceled her usual visit to the Royal stud, where she checks in on the horses and meet with the staff.

Despite the cancellations, the Queen will still be busy because there are a lot of events and activities on her plate. Among the things she had to do was the recent “Together at Christmas” initiative where she appeared with the three heirs Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.

The four generations of royal were photographed together and the third in line to the throne stole the show with her adorable cuteness. Several royal fans were surprised at how big Prince George was.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip Pictured: The Queen, Prince Philip depart a Service of Commemoration for troops who were stationed in Afghanistan on March 13, 2015 in London, England. Photo: Getty Images/Chris Jackson