Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen has tested positive for Covid.
The 95-year-old monarch, who is commemorating her 70th year on the throne, is suffering from minor cold-like symptoms, but the palace said she plans to perform light duties at Windsor over the coming week. “She will continue to receive medical care and will adhere to all applicable rules,” the statement continued. The Queen, who is 95 years old, had been in contact with her eldest son and heir, the Prince of Wales, who had tested positive for the disease last week.
The Queen has been fully vaccinated, according to reports in the UK media. Both the monarch and her late husband, Prince Philip, received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccination in January 2021, according to Buckingham Palace. However, citing medical privacy, the palace has refused to release any information regarding following vaccines. According to a royal source, the Queen is not the only one in her orbit who has tested positive for Covid-19. The insider informed CNN that “a handful of instances had been diagnosed in the Windsor Castle team,” but did not say who else had tested positive.
The Queen’s health has been intensively monitored since late last year, when she withdrew from public appearances on doctors’ instructions to rest following a secret overnight hospital visit. Multiple family members self-isolated after testing positive with the virus in the last few days, causing renewed alarm. Prince Charles, the British heir to the throne, tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time 10 days ago, and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, confirmed her own infection on Monday. At the time, a royal insider acknowledged that the Queen had “recently” met her eldest son, but the source did not specify when the meeting took place.
Sending prayers to Queen Elizabeth II. Hope she’ll get well soon from covid pic.twitter.com/fHutHrYRqZ— Lennie Arifin (@Lenillustration) February 20, 2022
The Queen’s diagnosis comes just days after she returned to Windsor from Sandringham, where she had commemorated the 70th anniversary of her ascension to the throne and the death of her father, King George VI. The queen met with Rear Admiral James Macleod, the outgoing Defence Services Secretary, and his replacement, Major General Eldon Millar, on Wednesday, and appeared to be in high spirits.
The Queen was resume her normal duties of audiences, credentials, and privy council meetings upon her return to Windsor, according to a royal source. She has scheduled appearances at a diplomatic reception at Windsor Castle on March 2, the annual Commonwealth Ceremony at Westminster Abbey on March 14, and a service of gratitude for Prince Philip at the same location on March 29. While the events are still a few weeks away, the Queen’s positive Covid-19 test may cast doubt on her participation. In a tweet on Sunday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wished the Queen a “quick recovery.”
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