Queen Elizabeth tests positive for COVID-19 with ‘mild cold-like symptoms’, Palace says
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Queen Elizabeth has tested positive for COVID-19, Buckingham Palace announced on Sunday morning.
The monarch’s diagnosis comes after his son, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall also tested positive for coronavirus.
“Buckingham Palace confirms that the Queen has today tested positive for Covid,” read a short statement issued on Sunday morning. “Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week.”
“She will continue to receive medical care and will follow all appropriate guidelines,” the statement concluded.
The Queen, who is believed to be widely vaccinated, is not the only one to have tested positive for coronavirus, as a number of royals based at the castle have also done so, PEOPLE understand.
The Queen, 95, last met Charles, 73, on February 8, two days before he was diagnosed. The royal heir was at Windsor Castle, where the Queen currently lives, to hand over the investiture honours.
Charles, who self-isolated after his diagnosis on February 10, also tested positive for the viral illness at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
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Following Charles’ COVID-19 diagnosis, a royal source confirmed to PEOPLE that the Queen was being monitored but had no symptoms.
Four days after Charles’ diagnosis, his wife Camilla, 74, tested positive for COVID. Charles and Camilla are triply vaccinated.
Shortly after the Queen’s news broke, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson led the chorus of well-wishers in hopes of her speedy recovery from COVID, tweeting that he looked forward to her “speedy return to a good dynamic health”.
In a brief statement, a Clarence House spokesperson said: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating. We continue to follow government guidance.”
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Last week, she was seen leading a few engagements at Windsor Castle, including an in-person meeting with two high-ranking military personnel. As she greeted the men with a cane, she gestured to her feet and joked, “As you can see, I can’t move.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed in January 2021 that the Queen had received her first dose of the vaccine. They said at the time that they would make no further announcements regarding his second move. However, according to reports, the queen received her second shot last year and is fully vaccinated.
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The Queen celebrated 70 years on the throne on February 6. In a statement, she took the opportunity to announce her “sincere wish” that Charles’s wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, be given the title of Queen Consort when Charles takes the throne. daytime.
“When, in due time, my son Charles becomes king, I know that you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and I sincerely hope that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as the Queen Consort as she continues her loyal service,” she said.
A spokesman for the Prince of Wales said the couple were “touched and honored by Her Majesty’s words”.