THE Queen is “in her element” when she has her great-grandchildren sitting on her lap, a royal expert has claimed.
The 95-year-old monarch has 12 great-grandchildren. And royal commentator Kerene Barefield said Her Majesty treasures spending time with them.
Ms Barefield told Us Weekly: “The Queen is in her element when she’s got her great-grandchildren sitting on her lap and having that family time.
“I’m sure it’s something that we’ll never ever get to witness — that kind of really relaxed family time, which is what everyone else has at Christmas.”
The Queen’s great-grandchildren include Prince William and Kate’s three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The monarch is also great-grandmother to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie and daughter Lili.
And this year has been a bumper year for royal babies, with Princess Eugenie giving birth to August, Zara Tindall welcoming Lucas and Princess Beatrice having Sienna.
The Queen, who is spending Christmas at Windsor Castle, will no doubt be joined by some of her great-grandchildren over the festive period. The monarch cancelled her traditional Christmas at Sandringham due to rising Covid cases.
Her Majesty usually hosts members of the Royal Family at her estate in Norfolk.However, this year she will remain at Windsor where she has spent much of the pandemic. It is her first Christmas without her beloved husband Prince Philip.
Prince Charles and Camilla will spend the day with the Queen at her Berkshire residence. It is thought she will also be joined by other members of the Royal Family. However, Prince William and Kate will not be with the monarch this Christmas.
They have headed to their Norfolk residence Anmer Hall with their three children and will celebrate the day with some members of the Middleton family.Princess Anne will also not join the Queen as her husband Sir Timothy Laurence tested positive for coronavirus. The monarch also cancelled her traditional pre-Christmas lunch with her extended family this year.
It comes as Her Majesty’s Christmas Day message is expected to be a particularly personal one this year. A photo released by Buckingham Palace shows the Queen at a desk with a framed picture with her late husband.