Queen Elizabeth II tests positive for COVID-19 with cold-like symptoms

Written by on February 20, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II has examined constructive for COVID-19, Buckingham Palace introduced Sunday.

The palace stated Britain’s longest reigning monarch, 95, is experiencing delicate cold-like signs and that she expects to proceed mild duties at Windsor Citadel over the approaching week.

“She’s going to proceed to obtain medical consideration and can comply with all the suitable pointers,” the palace stated in an announcement.

The queen is totally vaccinated, having acquired three photographs of a coronavirus vaccine.

Earlier this month, Prince Charles tested positive for COVID-19. It was the second time he contracted it. 4 days later, Duchess Camilla tested positive. Each are totally vaccinated and had acquired a booster shot. 

The palace didn’t say whether or not both had not too long ago met with the queen.

Folks within the U.Ok. who take a look at constructive for COVID are required to self-isolate for 5 days, a restriction that the British authorities intends to raise this week for England. 

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Queen Elizabeth II cuts a cake with a Platinum Jubilee emblem during a reception for local residents and charities at Sandringham House in Norfolk on Feb. 5, 2022.

Because the information unfold, senior British politicians despatched get-well messages. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “I’m certain I converse for everybody in wishing Her Majesty The Queen a swift recovery from COVID and a rapid return to vibrant good health.” Opposition Labour Occasion chief Keir Starmer wished the queen “good well being and a speedy restoration. Get well soon, Ma’am.”

In October, the queen spent a night in the hospital for unspecified “preliminary investigations” and after she “regretfully” canceled two different much-anticipated in-person look on docs’ orders, in response to palace statements.

She then spent two weeks resting at Windsor Citadel the place she has principally been residing because the begin of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020. She saved up with “mild, desk-based duties.” 

The queen marked 70 years on the throne on Feb. 6. She was proclaimed queen on that date in 1952 when her father, King George VI, died at Sandringham, the monarch’s property in Norfolk, following surgical procedure for lung most cancers.

The palace launched a brand new image of the queen to commemorate the event, exhibiting her smiling broadly and carrying a pale inexperienced costume, sitting in entrance of considered one of her crimson despatch bins containing authorities papers, with an image of her father by her aspect. 

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A new picture of Queen Elizabeth II to mark her Accession Day was released on Feb. 6, 2022, by Buckingham Palace. Smiling broadly, she is sitting in the Saloon at Sandringham with one of her red despatch boxes of government papers, with a picture of her father, King George VI, by her side.

The day earlier than, she held a low-key reception for locals and volunteer teams within the ballroom at Sandringham, the place she minimize a cake that includes the Platinum Jubilee emblem. Images from the gathering present her smiling, joking and unmasked, carrying a pale blue costume embroidered with daisies on the waist, pearls and what gave the impression to be a platinum double flower brooch. She minimize the cake whereas holding a strolling cane, her ever-present black purse over her arm.

Her prolonged reign shall be celebrated with a four-day Platinum Jubilee of events, parades and pageants to start June 2, when the climate is (often) higher. 

The queen has a busy schedule of in-person engagements within the weeks forward, together with a diplomatic reception at Windsor Citadel on March 2 and the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 14. On March 29, she has a remembrance service at Westminster for her husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at age 99.

On the eve of the anniversary of her accession, the queen issued a message of gratitude to her folks and to her household, and stated for the primary time that her “honest want” is that Duchess Camilla of Cornwall shall be generally known as “Queen Consort” when Prince Charles succeeds her.  

“And when, within the fullness of time, my son Charles turns into King, I do know you’ll give him and his spouse Camilla the identical assist that you’ve given me,” her message learn, in response to the assertion issued by Buckingham Palace. “And it’s my honest want that, when that point comes, Camilla shall be generally known as Queen Consort as she continues her personal loyal service.”

Her announcement about Camilla supplied some finality to the longstanding query of what to name the previous Camilla Parker Bowles, as soon as so controversial for allegedly breaking up Charles’ marriage to the late Princess Diana that she used the Duchess of Cornwall title as a substitute of Princess of Wales.

The queen’s jubilee arrives after a sequence of private crises. Final week, her son Prince Andrew settled out of court with accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who says she was intercourse trafficked to the prince by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17. Andrew, who has vigorously denied the allegations, agreed to pay an undisclosed sum and donate to Giuffre’s charity in assist of victims’ rights.

The Duke of Edinburgh, the queen’s husband of 73 years, died final spring on the peak of the pandemic. Strict social distancing guidelines forced her to sit alone during the funeral service, a spectacle that touched many who had additionally suffered bereavement amid COVID.

Contributing: Maria Puente, USA TODAY, and The Related Press

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