First Christmas without Queen Elizabeth for the Royal Family: "It Will Be Hard"
By Jawad Hussain
The royals will miss their matriarch despite preserving their Christmas Eve gag gift and church service traditions.
After two years of celebrating Christmas separately due to the coronavirus pandemic, the British royal family will assemble at Sandringham, exchange funny gifts on Christmas Eve, and walk to church on Christmas morning.
Queen Elizabeth, their matriarch, will be absent.
The royals will remember her during the first holiday season since her September demise.
"It will be hard," a former palace staffer tells PEOPLE in this week's issue.
"The first year is most challenging," says the former Queen's staffer.