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The photo, taken in the fall by photographer Matt Porteous, shows the family in front of a pile of wood in Anmer Hall, their home in Norfolk, East England.

The royal family usually spends the holiday season in Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth II’s estate in the Norfolk countryside, about 100 miles northeast of London, where the Queen is usually accompanied by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

But now that the country is under the spell of the coronavirus pandemic, this festive season will be a little different.

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According to a Buckingham Palace spokesperson, the Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will “quietly” celebrate this year’s Christmas at their residence at Windsor Castle.

“After considering all the appropriate advice, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have decided that they will spend Christmas peacefully in Windsor this year,” the statement said.

The royal family was directly affected by the pandemic, with both the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, and second in line, Prince William, testing positive for Covid-19.

The Queen and Prince Philip have spent most of their time at Windsor Castle this year, having pulled away from Buckingham Palace during the first wave of Covid-19 in the spring.