Queen Elizabeth II Cannot See Daughter Due to COVID on First Christmas Without Philip

Queen Elizabeth II will be without her daughter Princess Anne for her first Christmas since the death of her husband Prince Philip in April.

The 95-year-old has already canceled a pre-Christmas lunch and her annual trip to Sandringham as Omicron sweeps the U.K., sending daily infection rates to record highs.

Now the COVID pandemic has, for at least the third time, struck close to home as Anne's husband Sir Timothy Laurence has tested positive, ITV News reported.

The queen's daughter, 71, and son-in-law, 66, will both have to isolate at their home, Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, and will be unable to spend time with Elizabeth.

Prince Charles and Prince William both previously contracted coronavirus and made a full recovery.

It comes at a particularly lonely time for the queen, who said goodbye to her husband of 73 years in April.

Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle a few weeks after spending a month in hospital, undergoing treatment for an infection and heart surgery. The queen sat alone at his funeral, in keeping with COVID rules while Britain was still in lockdown.

This winter, she has chosen again to set a good example by canceling the normal royal festivities.

Elizabeth may still be able to spend time with her other children, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

The Duke of York, currently fighting allegations related to Jeffrey Epstein through a New York court, lives a short drive from his mother in Windsor.

William and his wife Kate Middleton may also be able to visit the queen with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, though the wider royal family's plans have not currently been disclosed.

Omicron infections are surging in Britain, with London hit the hardest and daily case numbers steadily rising.

On December 22, more than 100,000 new cases were recorded in a single day—for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Although case numbers have soared, a study by Imperial College London suggests Omicron infections have been less severe than the Delta variant, with a hospital visit less likely by 20 to 25 percent.

During a normal year, Elizabeth would have travelled to her Sandringham estate in Norfolk for Christmas and new year.

The royals ordinarily give out their presents on Christmas Eve, in keeping with their German ancestral heritage.

They are seen by the public on Christmas morning going to church at Sandringham, where royal watchers gather to watch them arrive and leave.

The queen films a recorded message to her people, which is played on TV at 3pm.

The Queen, Princess Anne Visit Scotland
Queen Elizabeth II and her daughter Princess Anne attend the Braemar Highland Gathering on September 1, 2018. Anne's husband Sir Timothy Laurence has tested positive for COVID. Samir Hussein/WireImage