Royals Princess Anne's Husband Positive for COVID Ahead of Queen Elizabeth's First Christmas Without Prince Philip Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence are isolating in Gloucestershire, which will force them to miss a Christmas Day visit with the Queen By Lanford Beard Lanford Beard Lanford Beard has been with PEOPLE since 2015. In addition to serving as the Senior Digital TV Editor, she has edited for Lifestyle and News verticals across the site. Lanford previously worked at Entertainment Weekly, NBC News and Ralph Lauren, to name a few. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and a Master's of Science degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 22, 2021 10:29 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence (right). Photo: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images Princess Anne will not be able to spend Christmas Day with her mother, Queen Elizabeth, just eight months after her father Prince Philip's death. PEOPLE has confirmed that Anne's husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, has tested positive for COVID. In line with government guidance, the couple is isolating at their home in Gloucestershire for 10 days. The news comes just days after the Queen, 95, decided not to travel to her Sandringham estate for a big, traditional royal family Christmas. Yesterday was also supposed to be the extended royal family's annual Christmas luncheon, but the Queen canceled the event last week out of an abundance of caution amid the surge in U.K. COVID cases caused by the Omicron variant. For more on Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence testing positive for COVID, listen below to our daily podcast on PEOPLE Every Day. A royal source said on Monday that the Queen's decision to stay at Windsor Castle for a second year in a row was a personal one taken after "careful consideration" and reflects an ongoing "precautionary approach." Queen Elizabeth Last Spent Christmas Without Prince Philip 65 Years Ago — Here's Why The source added that she will be visited by various members of the family over the Christmas holiday. And though it has not yet been confirmed whether the monarch will see Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate Middleton — whose homes are farther away, requiring more travel during the busy holiday season — her two youngest sons, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and their families are located in the Windsor area and are expected to pay their mother a holiday visit. Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne in Scotland last week. ANDREW MILLIGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Sign up for our free Royals newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! The news about Princess Anne, 71, and her husband, 66, also comes as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, sent a letter to frontline workers thanking them for their continued service and care during the pandemic. "The dedication and commitment of all NHS staff has been awe-inspiring," wrote the couple, who are the Patrons of the NHS Charities. They added, "Your unending compassion has meant so much in the darkest moments." How Queen Elizabeth Is Staying Safe as COVID Spikes in the U.K. Kate Middleton and the Middleton family. Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty As Christmas Day nears, William and Kate are also anticipating the airing of her Royal Carols: Together at Christmas special, which was filmed on December 8 and airs Friday evening in the U.K. During the service, the Duchess of Cambridge praised those who had gone above and beyond to help others and their communities amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the program for the concert, she wrote: "Through our separation from others, we have been reminded just how powerful human connection is to us all. Just how much we need one another. And how loving and feeling a sense of belonging to one another can provide comfort in tough times. The importance of simply being together."