Queen Elizabeth Contracts COVID-19, Buckingham Palace Announces

Buckingham Palace announced, Sunday, that Queen Elizabeth has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement, the palace said the 95-year-old monarch has been experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms,” and she’s expected to carry out “light duties” in the coming week.

“She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines,” the palace said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to his official Twitter handle to wish the Queen speedy recovery. “I’m sure I speak for everyone in wishing Her Majesty The Queen a swift recovery from COVID and a rapid return to vibrant good health,” he said.

The Queen’s diagnosis comes after it was confirmed that her son, Prince Charles,73, and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 74, tested positive for COVID-19. Clarence House announced Prince Charles’s diagnosis on Feb. 10, and Camilla’s on Feb. 14.

This is the second time Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19, with his first diagnosis coming in March 2020, before he was vaccinated.

Queen Elizabeth (Photo credit: Reuters)
Queen Elizabeth (Photo credit: Reuters)

Queen Elizabeth and her late husband, Philip, had received their first COVID-19 vaccination shots in January 2021 while Charles and confirmed last December that they had both received their booster shoots of the vaccine.

“The commitment Her Majesty the Queen has shown to our country continues to be unwavering,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Twitter on Sunday. “Wishing her a swift and safe recovery from Covid-19.”

The Queen, prior to Sunday’s announcement, had modified her schedule throughout the coronavirus pandemic, holding virtual audiences and participating in video calls instead of public events.

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch held several virtual and in-person events this month, including an event in Sandringham on February 5 to mark her 70th years on the throne.


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