LONDON (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II gave a positive result at COVID-19 on Sunday and is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms, Buckingham Palace said, adding that the famous stoic 95-year-old monarch plans to continue working.
The palace said the queen would continue to perform “light” duties at Windsor Castle for the next week.
“She will continue to receive medical care and will follow all relevant recommendations,” the palace said in a statement.
People in the UK who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate themselves for at least five days, although the British government says it plans to repeal that requirement for England this week.
The Queen received three doses of coronavirus vaccine.
Both her eldest son, Prince Charles, 73, and her 74-year-old daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, contracted COVID-19 earlier this month. Charles has since returned to work. It is believed that among the staff of Windsor Castle, where the Queen is, there were several cases of the virus.
High-ranking British politicians sent messages of recovery. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “I am sure I am speaking on behalf of all, wishing Her Majesty the Queen a speedy recovery from COVID and a speedy return to bright good health.”
Health Minister Sajid Javid wrote that he “wishes Her Majesty the Queen a speedy recovery”, and the leader of the opposition Labor Party, Keir Starmer, wished the Queen “good health and a speedy recovery”. Get well soon, ma’am. “
The monarch of Great Britain, who reigns longer, the Queen reached the age of 70 on the throne on February 6, the anniversary of the death in 1952 of his father King George VI.
Elizabeth, who has become an integral part of the nation’s life, has been in strong health for most of her reign and was photographed riding a horse back in 2020. Last year she was seen using a stick, and in October she spent a night at a London hospital for inaccurate tests.
The Queen’s doctors ordered her to rest after that, and she was forced to cancel performances at several key events, including Sunday Remembrance Services and the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland in November.
This month, she returned to public office and held audiences both virtually and in person with diplomats, politicians and senior military officials. During one exchange filmed by the camera last week, she walked slowly with a stick and said “as you can see, I can’t move,” referring to her leg.
Joe Little, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said members of the royal family would be concerned about the diagnosis of COVID-19, given the queen’s age. She turns 96 on April 21.
“She will be closely monitored in the coming days, and this shows that if all is well, it is nothing more than a minor inconvenience,” he said.
The Queen has a busy schedule for the next few months of her platinum anniversary year, and plans to attend private public events in the coming weeks, including a diplomatic reception in Windsor on March 2 and the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March. 14.
On March 29 at Westminster Abbey she has a memorial service for her husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99.
Public celebrations of platinum anniversaries with festivities are scheduled for June, including a military parade, a day of jumps and neighborhood parties over the long weekend from June 2nd to 5th.
The Queen is the last monarch from around the world to become infected with COVID-19. Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 82, and King Philip VI of Spain, 54, were both positive for the disease in early February and had mild symptoms.
Her diagnosis comes after a difficult week for the UK royal family.
On Tuesday, the Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, settled a lawsuit in the U.S. by a woman who claimed he had sexually assaulted her when she was 17 and traveled with the deceased financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew flatly rejected Virginia Juffre’s claims. He agreed to make a substantial donation to his accuser’s charity.
On Wednesday, the London Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into allegations that people linked to one of Prince Charles’ charities offered to help the Saudi billionaire get awards and citizenship in exchange for donations.
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