Queen cancels pre-Christmas event amid health warnings on Omicron surge

A source said it was felt the annual event could put too many people's Christmas plans at risk.

It follows England chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty's advice to prioritise events "that really matter" to avoid the risk of infection.

The event had been due to take place early next week at Windsor Castle.

The Queen's decision comes as families across the UK consider their Christmas plans in the light of the country's biggest Covid surge yet.

Breaking tradition: Royals bypass Sandringham get-together

It's light-hearted moments where the Royals come together to play board games or exchange gifts and more formal ones dictated by extremely strict protocols developed over decades.

For those lucky enough to make the list, it means having up to seven outfits ready for Christmas Day alone - and that doesn't include a pair of stretchy pants for dinner.

But after a year plagued by coronavirus, lockdowns and scandal, it appears Christmas will be a much more toned-down affair with everyone spending the holiday apart.

Pasifika families miss out celebrating Xmas together

For many families, it's an annual tradition to travel to the islands to see their families and re-connect with their culture, and for others it is a long awaited holiday away from New Zealand.

Kaumosi Opie, aged 34, visited Tuvalu last year for the first time since she moved to New Zealand as a 9 year old.

It was at that trip where her and her sister decided they will make it a tradition to visit Tuvalu every Christmas.

Digicel Delivers SIMPLY MORE This Christmas

As a fast follow up to its relaunch as a Digital Operator and a promise of powerful digital experiences all day, every day via its suite of 7 apps neatly packaged with an abundance of data for customers to enjoy, touch and feel, here’s simply more Christmas.

And just like Digicel has an app and an experience for everyone no matter what they’re into; there’s also gifts, offers and rewards for everyone too.

And there’s even cool ways for customers to share those if they wish.

Because who doesn’t want to share more at Christmas?

Young mom wins Digicel promo

Wani, a cashier who works at Eriku in Lae, is the lucky winner of K1,000 on November 27th with Digicel’s Christmas daily cash and prize giveaways.

The excited mother of one said: “Displa mani em blo pikinini blo mi (this money will be for my son). Mi bai kisim go lo kisim wanem kain presen em laikim lo em.” (I will get him whatever present he wants.)

Team Digicel visits Tonga communities this Christmas

Team Digicel visited senior citizens aged between 85 to 90 plus years across Tongatapu Thursday in an effort to spread the Christmas spirit.

The team delivered a hamper basket containing all the essentials.

The activity is a way of giving back to the community and especially customers who have stayed with Digicel since its inception in the market 10 years ago.

Corporate Social Responsibility is a key element of Digicel’s business and one that allows the company and staff to partner with external stakeholders and play a role in areas that need addressing.

It’s a Ma’alahi Christmas in Tonga

This was an effort to spread the good Christmas spirit amongst the community, especially families and children.

The Santa Parade was followed by fun games and activities with food stalls at the popular Digicel Square.

The event attracted hundreds of people and activities included bouncy castles, face painting, spin-the-wheel, colouring and dance competitions. 

The programme which started at 4pm had children on the centre stage performing dances.

Digicel’s Santa gave out goodie bags to more than 300 children.

Meghan Markle joins royals for Christmas service

The couple arrived at a carol service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Queen returned after missing last year's service due to a heavy cold.

Princes Philip and Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall also attended, along with other members of the family.

After the service, Ms Markle joined members of the family in greeting the crowds - some of whom had been waiting outside since 05:00 GMT.

Bringing joy home this Christmas with visits to senior citizens

The home visits were an emotional experience for senior citizens and Digicel team. 

These senior citizens selected were aged between 85 to 90-year-old.

Delivering thes Christmas hampers to doorsteps was another initiative focusing on people and relationships and aligned to the theme; ‘Bringing Joy Home This Christmas.’

Digicel brings Christmas joy to Mango Tree Centre children

Every child at the centre received a gift in line with the theme of Digicel’s Christmas campaign, “Bringing Joy home this Christmas”.

The Guest of Honour at today’s ceremony was Lord Fakafanua and special guests included His Excellency Mr Andrew Ford, Rev. Harmon Schmelzenbach, Rev. Aisea Vi and ofcourse Digicel representative, Mr. Dennis Fuapau.

This Christmas, Digicel focuses on what matters most, that is 'People and Relationships.'