The Queen has tested positive for COVID-19, Buckingham Palace announced on Sunday morning. According to the statement, Queen Elizabeth is experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms” but expects to continue “light duties” at Windsor over the coming week.
“Buckingham Palace confirms that the queen has today tested positive for Covid,” the statement said.
“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,” it added in a statement.
The Queen is fully vaccinated, having received three shots of a coronavirus vaccine.
Her Majesty’s diagnosis comes after both her eldest son Prince Charles and daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have also recently contracted COVID-19. Prince Charles tested positive on Thursday last week, having met the Queen two days beforehand. It is believed that they spent time together on 8 February, when Prince Charles hosted an investiture at Windsor Castle.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “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.”
The announcement comes weeks after the Queen marked 7- years on the throne on February 6. She marked her Platinum Jubilee by releasing a statement which she used to express her “sincere wish” for the Duchess of Cornwall, to receive the title Queen Consort when Charles takes the throne one day.
“When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service,” she said.