The UK general election takes place on 12 December : The Queen may delay her Christmas in Sandringham | Sunday Observer

The UK general election takes place on 12 December : The Queen may delay her Christmas in Sandringham

The pair were all smiles at the event
The pair were all smiles at the event

The Queen may have to delay her Christmas plans slightly, due to the upcoming general election. The 93-year-old monarch usually catches the train to Sandringham on the Thursday before Christmas Day, so she can oversee preparations for the festivities with her family, but she might have to rearrange her plans.

With the general election taking place on December 12, No.10 Downing Street has announced that if Boris Johnson returns as Prime Minister, the State Opening of Parliament and the Queen’s Speech will follow on Thursday 19 December.

The Queen usually takes a commuter train to Sandringham

The statement continued: “The State Opening of Parliament will take place with reduced ceremonial elements, as was the case following the early general election in 2017. This is due both to the early general election and the proximity of the State Opening to Christmas. If there is a change of Government following the Election it is anticipated that the Queen’s Speech would be in January on a more usual timetable; but this would be a matter for the incoming administration.”

This will be Her Majesty’s second speech within the space of a few weeks. The Queen delivered her first on October 14, where she set out the government’s agenda for plans and future legislation.

While the monarch donned the full ceremonial regalia, she did not wear the Imperial State Crown – instead it was placed next to her on a cushion. The headpiece weighs more than 1kg and is adorned with 2,901 precious stones, making it very, very heavy! So, given its weight and her age, the Queen opted for the smaller George IV State Diadem throughout the entire ceremony instead.

And there was laughter as she told the TV legend: “Sir David, this award recognises your many talents and one can’t help but feel that, for those of us of a certain generation, we can take great pleasure in proving age is no barrier to being a positive influence.”

In her speech, the Queen said: “As Patron of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, I am delighted that members have awarded this year’s Chatham House Prize to Sir David Attenborough and the Blue Planet II team.” She told the veteran naturalist: “Your ability to communicate the beauty and vulnerability of our natural environment remains unequalled as you – and your team – have engaged and enthused many people, young and old, to appreciate and preserve our world’s oceans. For that we should all be thankful. I congratulate you and all involved in this endeavour.”

Accepting the award, Sir David said: “Never has there been a greater need for international cooperation on international solutions. They won’t be easy to win. Politicians have to look to the people who elect them who assume that they will be number one on the list. That cannot remain to be so. We are citizens of the world and they must recognise that. And international cooperation, which is the subject of this organisation is of paramount importance. If this international organisation considers what we have done in the Natural History Unit has in some way helped spread an awareness of the problems that face the world, that in some way will convince the population of the world that we all belong to one world and just the one world belongs to us, then this award pleases me more than I can say, I am most grateful for it, thank you.”

The Queen with Sir David Attenborough on Wednesday evening