How the Royal Family Is Spending the Holidays Amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases

Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who moved to the United States last year after stepping back from their royal duties, will likely be spending Christmas at their California home. The pair—who share son Archie, 2, and daughter Lilibet, 6 months—recently gave the public a glimpse into their celebrations by unveiling their holiday card.

“This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a ‘Mama’ and a ‘Papa’, and Lili made us a family,” the card, which featured a portrait of the family of four taken by Alexi Lubomirski, read in part. “Wishing you a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year, from our family to yours!”

However, there is one holiday tradition that the Queen will still honor this year despite the pandemic: Her Christmas Day message. In a preview photo released on Dec. 23, she’s seen sitting in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle alongside a framed photograph of herself and Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99, on her desk.

Her Majesty’s annual speech is expected to broadcast on Dec. 25.