The Queen Tests Positive For Covid-19

Hannah Smith

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The Queen Tests Positive For Covid-19

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Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for Covid-19, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

Royal officials said that the Queen, who is 95, tested positive today, February 20, and is currently exhibiting 'mild' symptoms.

In a statement, the palace said, 'Buckingham Palace confirm that The Queen has today tested positive for Covid.

'Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week.

'She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines.'

The Queen is understood to be triple vaccinated, and is not known to have previously contracted Covid-19.

Queen Elizabeth II (Alamy)
Queen Elizabeth II (Alamy)

In October, the Queen spent time in hospital for reasons that have not been publicly confirmed, with doctors ordering her to undertake an extended period of rest.

Since then, she has continued to undertake 'light duties' and recently celebrated 70 years on the throne, becoming the first monarch in British history to reach their Sapphire Jubilee.

Earlier this month, she carried out her first major public engagement since her hospitalisation, meeting charity workers at Sandringham House, per the BBC.

For much of the pandemic, Queen Elizabeth isolated in Windsor Castle along with a small group of aides and, before his death in March last year, Prince Philip. However, prior to her hospitalisation, she had returned to public life, carrying out several in person meetings and visits during the latter half of 2021.

Prince Charles and the Queen (Alamy)
Prince Charles and the Queen (Alamy)

Confirmation that the Queen has tested positive comes after it was revealed that she was 'being monitored' after having been in contact with her son, Prince Charles, just 48 hours before he himself tested positive for the virus last week.

Both Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, who has also tested positive, are also triple vaccinated. The Duchess of Cornwall is currently self-isolating after her positive test on February 14, while the Prince of Wales is understood to have made a full recovery since testing positive on February 10, almost two years after he became the first member of the royal family to contract Covid-19 at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

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Topics: News, The Queen, UK News

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