The Queen was evacuated from Buckingham Palace at the start of the pandemic and formed a support bubble with her late husband Prince Philip who moved from his home at Wood Farm
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Palace staff serving the Queen have reacted with “utter dismay” at the Christmas parties scandal enveloping Number 10.
Dedicated servants, many who were forced to spend substantial amounts of time away from their loved ones over the pandemic after entering protective bubbles at Windsor Castle and Balmoral to protect the monarch, said there was “palpable anger” at the revelations over illegal lockdown parties in government.
The Queen was evacuated from Buckingham Palace at the start of the pandemic and formed a support bubble with her beloved late husband Prince Philip who moved from his home at Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
Other royal staff said “sacrifices made from the very top all the way down” to keep people safe were being rendered “worthless”.
One servant with more than 10 years service within the household said some colleagues had become “visibly upset” when discussing how the Queen was forced to sit alone at her beloved late husband’s funeral in April due to coronavirus restrictions.
Her Majesty, like thousands of others across the nation as the pandemic raged on, complied with covid restrictions leaving them to alter plans for funerals or tragically being unable to say goodbye to their loved ones as they lay dying in hospital.
Staff who cared for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh throughout the pandemic told how they had made “huge sacrifices” to maintain strict covid bubbles in the belief they were “doing out bit” to keep the monarch safe from the deadly virus.
One said: “It would be a gross understatement to say people are angry.
“Many missed Christmas, birthdays, other special occasions and weeks on end away from their families.
“But it was all in the spirit it was for the greater good and we were doing our bit.
“It’s a slap in the face for anyone frankly.”
The Queen was last year forced to spend a final Christmas alone with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, before he passed away aged 99 in April.
The image of the 95-year-old dressed in black with a black mask covering nearly her entire face while sitting alone in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle will be forever etched in the nation’s memory.
Labour leader Sir Keir on Wednesday highlighted the head of state’s leadership and the sacrifices she made at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral during the Covid-19 crisis at Prime Minister’s Questions.
He was speaking as Boris Johnson faced the furore over claims Downing Street staff broke lockdown rules by holding a Christmas party last year.
Sir Keir told the Commons: “Her Majesty the Queen sat alone when she marked the passing of the man she’d been married to for 73 years.
“Leadership, sacrifice – that’s what gives leaders the moral authority to lead.
“Does the Prime Minister think he has the moral authority to lead and to ask the British people to stick to the rules?”
The Queen was due to have her weekly audience with the Prime Minister on Wednesday, either by person or by phone.
Buckingham Palace did not comment.
Her Majesty has been resting on doctors’ orders and only carrying out light duties such as audiences since spending a night in hospital for preliminary tests on October 20, and later spraining her back.
She is also preparing to film her Christmas Day message to the nation.
The Queen is likely to use her annual pre-recorded televised speech, which she writes herself, to reflect on the ongoing challenges facing the country, as well as touching on her own personal grief with the loss of Philip in April.
The royal family is hoping to gather to celebrate Christmas with the monarch at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk after last year’s festivities were curtailed due to the pandemic.