(CMR) Queen Elizabeth II (95) tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and is experiencing mild symptoms but expects to continue light duties this week, Buckingham Palace said. The confirmation comes days after her son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles tested positive for the second time.
“The Queen has today tested positive for COVID. Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week,” the Palace said.
“She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all appropriate guidelines,” the Palace added.
The Queen has been fully vaccinated against coronavirus; however, her health has been under the spotlight since she spent a night in the hospital last October for an unspecified ailment and was advised by her doctors to rest.
Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, earlier this month withdrew from an event after contracting COVID for a second time. A Palace source said he had met the queen days before, Reuters reported. During the start of the pandemic in 2020, the Queen has highly guarded and placed in isolation at Windsor Palace along with her husband, Prince Philip, for more than a year.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also tested positive in March 2020 and was placed in an intensive care unit.
On Wednesday Elizabeth quipped to members of the royal household that she could not move much, as she carried out her first in-person engagement since Charles tested positive. She is known to have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine in January 2021. The place confirmed that the 95-year-old British monarch has received three jabs of coronavirus vaccine. Charles has said that he is also fully vaccinated and boosted.
Elizabeth, the world's oldest monarch, celebrated the 70th anniversary of her accession to the British throne in early February.
She is the first British sovereign to spend seven decades on the throne in a dynasty that traces its origins back almost 1,000 years to Norman King William I and his 1066 conquest of England.