Queen forced to scrap New Year’s Eve fortune-telling game tradition due to Covid

The Queen is being forced to scrap her beloved New Year's Eve fortune-telling game at Sandringham this year.

Her Majesty and Prince Philip normally see in the New Year with a "lucky dip" card game with the Royal Family.

But they are likely to be stuck at Windsor for the whole holiday instead due to Tier 4 travelling restrictions, the Express reports.

The game sees a footman bring in a tub filled with sawdust and hidden notes giving a forecast for the coming year.

In his book on the Queen’s home life, author Brian Hoey said: “Each member of the Royal Family takes a lucky dip and if their particular forecast is not very favourable the poor footman gets the blame.”

A royal source said: “The predictions are written up by the household but approved by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

“Each member of the family picks out an envelope and reads out their ­prediction to the rest of the room.

“They’re meant to be funny but like all the family’s humour there’s an element of score settling and getting even to them.

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"They’re usually taken in good humour but some people can get quite huffy if they feel they’re being got at.”

Another News Year's Eve tradition called the first footing – where a dark-haired male is the first to step into the house after midnight carrying a gift of coal to bring luck – is also set to be scrapped.

But the source added: “The Queen will still ring in the New Year on the stroke of midnight.”

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