Queen Elizabeth II tests positive for Covid-19 amid Windsor Castle outbreak

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Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for Covid-19, just days after Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, confirmed that they had contracted the virus.

Buckingham Palace released a statement on Sunday saying that Her Majesty, 95, is experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms” but will continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week.

Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: Getty

“She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all appropriate guidelines,” they added.

The Queen, who is believed to be triple vaccinated, had held both virtual and in-person engagements in the past week including a meeting with the Prince of Wales just days before he tested positive for coronavirus for the second time.

It was previously reported that the monarch was being monitored for symptoms after Prince Charles was forced to pull out of an event marking the 70th anniversary of Elizabeth II becoming Queen.

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“This morning The Prince of Wales has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating," his office, Clarence House, said in a statement on Twitter earlier this month. “HRH is deeply disappointed not to be able to attend today's events in Winchester and will look to reschedule his visit as soon as possible.”

Prince Charles previously tested positive for COVID-19 in March 2020, with Clarence House saying he was “displaying mild symptoms” including a loss of his smell and taste.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.
Earlier this month Prince Charles tested positive for Covid-19 for a second time. Photo: Getty

Following the news of the Queen’s health, a number of British politicians have taken to social media to send their well wishes to the world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch.

“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,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted.

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

Earlier this month Buckingham Palace announced a gentle return to engagements for the Queen following some ill-health last year, which included a hospital stay in November.

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