New Covid lockdown forces Queen to cancel all Buckingham Palace garden parties this year

THE Queen has cancelled all garden parties this year due to the Covid lockdown.

Her Majesty usually holds four events at Buckingham Palace and Edinburgh to thank volunteers and hero veterans.

But the Palace has made the early decision to axe the parties as the country grapples with a new mutant strain of the virus.

It comes after a string of glitzy royal events were cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

The deadlines for the parties were fast approaching with the decision made after the UK was thrown back into lockdown yesterday.

More than 30,000 people are usually welcomed into the grounds of Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

It is an opportunity for the Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, to reward public service.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The decision has been taken that garden parties will not take place in 2021."

Both Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh have been shielding during the pandemic.

She paid tribute to NHS workers and reassured struggling Brits they are "not alone" in her Christmas speech.

The monarch also released a heartwarming New Year message on her Instagram.

She said: "We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.

"Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year."


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