A top-secret scheme to fly the Queen out of London in the event of a Brexit riot has been revealed ahead of the announcement of a withdrawal agreement.
The plans were drawn up by officials in Whitehall, who repurposed proposals originally drawn up during the Cold War.
According to reports, senior Royals would be plucked from the capital and airlifted to various stately homes around the UK.
In the occurrence of a riot triggered by the contentious exit from the union, officials would copy plans set up to save in the event of a nuclear war.
The plan was set up ahead of the pandemic, The Metro reported, during which the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have isolated Windsor Castle.
For the first time in more than 30 years, the crown will be spending Christmas at Windsor rather than Sandringham.
They will be enjoying the festive period without the usual family get together.
It will be a change of scenery for the Queen, 94, and 99-year-old Prince Philip who usually have the wider family around the dinner table.
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The Queen will still give her usual Christmas address, having used her speech last year to acknowledge the "bumpy" year the royals had.
A deal for Brexit looks increasingly likely to be agreed today after negotiations dragged on overnight.
Officials are hammering out final details that will see the UK leave the Union with a trade deal, four years after the referendum.
Her Majesty is required to be politically neutral, but she has not avoided headlines regarding Brexit.
The Monarchy was dragged into constitutional rows over the UK's exit, having complained about an infamous Sun front page that claimed the monarchy "backed" Leave.
Press watchdog IPSO upheld Buckingham Palace’s complaint, although The Sun stood by its article.
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