Members of Queen Elizabeth's staff have reportedly rejected a proposal to create a "COVID bubble" so the royal family can be together for the holidays. According to the Daily Mail, the Queen asked a small number staff to stay in a "COVID bubble" so they can work during the Christmas season at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk. This would mean the staff members would not be permitted to leave the estate for an entire month.
"The group—said to involve cleaners, laundry and maintenance workers—are believed to have mutinied because they are unwilling to isolate from loved ones for four weeks," the Daily Mail reports. While isolating from your friends and family is difficult at any time, it's even more challenging to be apart from them during the holidays.
Queen Elizabeth has spent Christmas at her Sandringham Estate for the past 33 years. Should the staff continue to "revolt" against her plans for a COVID bubble, she may have to break her beloved tradition. According to sources close to the situation, Her Majesty is not happy about that possibility.
"The Queen is furious. The staff said enough is enough. It is absolutely unprecedented," a source told The Sun. "Everybody wants to stay loyal but they feel they've been pushed too far by being made to isolate from their families for Christmas. Discussions are taking place with the team on operational matters but it is too early to speculate on implications for Christmas."
If Queen Elizabeth can't get her Sandringham staff to isolate at the estate for a month, she will likely stay at her Windsor Castle home for the holidays instead.