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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Queen Elizabeth II attends the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on November 08, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Queen attending the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph last month. (Getty)

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Queen to spend Christmas day away from Sandringham for first time in decades

What happened?

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle instead of Sandringham for the first time in more than 30 years, Buckingham Palace has said. The Queen and Prince Philip usually spend the festive season in her Norfolk home, staying there until February. They have spent most of 2020 in Windsor due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Will the other royals be there?

The Palace did not disclose whether any other members of the Royal Family would spend Christmas with the Queen, but hinted that no other family would be present. The spokesperson said: “Having considered all the appropriate advice, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor.”

A pared back Christmas

The Queen and Philip have not spent Christmas at their Berkshire home since the 1980s. In 1988, the festivities moved to Sandringham because Windsor Castle was being rewired. The Queen will also have to miss another of her Christmas traditions, as she won’t be able to host her annual Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. Places of worship are allowed to reopen, which means the Queen will be able to attend the Christmas morning service at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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The big coronavirus stories today—

PM wins tier vote despite major rebellion

England is set for a strengthened tiered system of coronavirus restrictions after MPs backed the measures, despite Boris Johnson suffering the largest Tory rebellion of this Parliament. Their support means 99% of England will enter the toughest Tier 2 and 3 restrictions when the second national lockdown ends on Wednesday. Read the full story here (HuffPost)

UK records 603 more COVID deaths

A further 603 people have died after testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK. The latest government figures bring the total number of coronavirus cases in the UK to 1,643,086, and the total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test to 59,051. Read the full story here (Sky News)

PM promises £1,000 for ‘wet pubs’

Boris Johnson promised £1,000 to pubs forced to remain closed under England’s new coronavirus restrictions. The payment will be given to “wet pubs”, which cannot serve food with alcohol and so cannot open under Tier 2 and Tier 3 rules. Read the full story here (PA)

Premier League match postponed

Newcastle’s trip to Aston Villa has been postponed after the north-east club suffered an outbreak of coronavirus. The Magpies, who were due to travel to Villa on Friday, have been forced to close their training ground. It is the first Premier League game to be called off due to COVID-19 this season. Read the full story here (The Guardian)

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Several dead after car drives into crowd

A child is among at least two people killed when a car drove at high speed into pedestrians in the German city of Trier, police say. More than 10 people have also been injured, some severely. The 51-year-old driver, who is from the area, has been arrested. Read the full story here (Sky News)

Debenhams stores to be closed for good

Debenhams is to start a liquidation process after JD Sports confirmed it had pulled out of a possible rescue deal, putting 12,000 workers at risk. The 242-year-old department store chain said its administrators have “regretfully” decided to start winding down operations. Read the full story here (Yahoo Finance UK)

Wright stalker given restraining order

An “obsessed” stalker who bombarded presenter Matthew Wright and his family with messages demanding to speak with him and look after his baby has been banned from contacting them in future. Michelle Ranicar, 54, was arrested in May 2019 after turning up at Wright's family home. Read the full story here (Yahoo News UK)

High Court rules on puberty blockers

Children under 16 who wish to undergo gender reassignment can only consent to having puberty blockers if they are able to understand the nature of the treatment, the High Court has said in a landmark ruling. The judges said it was "unlikely" under-16s would be "competent to give consent". Read the full story here (HuffPost)

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