Royal fans call out 'unsettling' detail in palace statement on Queen

Royal fans and commentators have been flooding social media with well wishes for the Queen after it was confirmed she had tested positive to Covid-19 this week.

However, some have called out an 'unsettling' detail in the statement issued by Buckingham Palace, which explained the 95-year-old was experiencing "mild symptoms" and is expected to continue carrying on "light duties".

The Queen will continue with 'light duties' despite testing positive for coronavirus. Photo: Getty

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

"Buckingham Palace can confirm that The Queen has today tested positive for Covid," the palace said in a statement issued on Sunday.

"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."


Despite the promising nature of the statement, some royal fans have questioned why the Queen was required to even continue with 'light duties' even if only mildly ill.

"The Queen is still working at 95 and has Covid. Surely she could take a few full days off and no one would fault her for it," one person said on Twitter.

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Photo: Twitter
Photo: Twitter
Photo: Twitter

"Why do they even say that? No one knows how she’ll feel and, agree, let her have a day off, or three," another said.

"Oh come on, I'm no royalist but she's got covid and she's bloody 95 years old, let the lass have a duvet day," was another comment.

While a fourth said: "I find it unsettling that a 95 year old woman with COVID (i.e. the Queen) is continuing to undertake 'light duties' while she's ill & that is being reported like it is a good thing. If you're ill, rest (if you can)!"

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.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Charles and Camilla were the first to contract the Covid-19 virus during this latest outbreak. Photo: Getty

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.

Buckingham Palace had previously refused to comment on the Queen's health after it was revealed Camilla also tested positive for Covid-19.

Camilla and Charles, 73, are isolating, but palace officials said at the time they would "not be providing a running commentary" on the Queen's health.

It is the first time Camilla has caught the virus, however, Charles has previously had the virus in March 2020.

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