Princess Anne in isolation after Covid scare

Princess Anne has been forced into isolation and is likely to miss spending Christmas with the Queen after her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence tested positive for coronavirus.

According to The Telegraph UK, Palace sources confirmed the couple are now self-isolating at their Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire and will not travel to Windsor Castle for the holiday.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
Princess Anne's husband has tested positive to Covid-19. Photo: Getty

Government guidelines in the UK currently don't require someone to isolate if a member of their household has Covid, but the Princess is understood to be isolating out of caution.

The development means the Queen's only daughter will not be able to visit Her Majesty on Christmas Day, as the monarch celebrates her first holidays since the death of her husband Prince Philip in April.


The news also comes after it was reported the Queen is cancelling her traditional family Christmas gathering at her Sandringham Estate as coronavirus cases rise in the UK with over 90,000 daily cases as of Monday.

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and Princess Anne, Princess Royal
Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and Princess Anne are isolating. Photo: Getty
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The Queen has called off Christmas at Sandringham. Photo: Twitter/Royalfamily

The monarch usually hosts her family at Sandringham in Norfolk, where crowds of royal fans traditionally gather on Christmas Day to watch the royals walk to church on the Sandringham estate.

Rebecca English, a royal editor at the Daily Mail, reported Monday on Twitter that “Her Majesty has decided to celebrate Christmas at Windsor and will not travel to Sandringham. The decision was a personal one after careful consideration and reflects a precautionary approach.”

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, who live close by, are expected to visit on Christmas Day, along with their children, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have not confirmed where they will be spending Christmas.

The Queen had already cancelled a pre-Christmas lunch, where around 50 members of the British royal family were set to meet at Windsor Castle this week for a Christmas celebration.

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