The Queen has tested positive for coronavirus, Buckingham Palace has confirmed, falling ill after having direct contact with Prince Charles.
The Queen has tested positive for coronavirus, Buckingham Palace has confirmed today.
Her Majesty, 95, is experiencing mild cold like symptoms, palace officials told The Sun.
She expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week, however.
The Queen has fallen ill after it was confirmed she had been in direct contact with Prince Charles the week he had the virus.
Officials say she will “continue to receive medical attention” from her team of royal physicians.
Sources say coronavirus has swept through staff at Windsor in recent days.
Royal insiders revealed a “number of cases” have been diagnosed in workers based at the castle.
It is understood the Queen, who is just two months away from her 96th birthday, is tested every day by royal doctors.
Her medics will be on hand to take care of and monitor her, with Professor Sir Huw Thomas, head of the Medical Household, expected to be in charge.
The shock announcement was made just a few weeks after the nation’s longest-reigning monarch reached her historic Platinum Jubilee of 70 years on the throne on February 6.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “Buckingham Palace can confirm that 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.
“She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines.”
The Queen is understood to be triple vaccinated but she had been on doctors’ order to rest since mid October, after cancelling a run of engagements and spending a night in hospital undergoing preliminary tests.
She is believed to have spent time with Charles on February 8, when he hosted an investiture at her Windsor Castle home, and a few days later he tested positive for Covid but made a quick recovery to full health.
The Duchess of Cornwall has also tested positive for Covid, with Clarence House confirming on Monday February 14 that the duchess was self isolating.
Boris Johnson tweeted this afternoon: “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.”
Her Majesty has led by example throughout the pandemic, sitting alone at her husband’s funeral in April 2021 and cancelling a family Christmas party in December because it was “the right thing to do”.
Despite a period of ill-health towards the end of last year, she has appeared to be on sprightly form during her recent engagements.
The Queen was pictured beaming as she met with the incoming and outgoing Defence Service Secretaries at Windsor Castle on February 16.
And the following day, the monarch appeared on a screen via videolink from Windsor Castle during a virtual audience to receive the Ambassador of Jordan Manar Dabbas at Buckingham Palace.
This story was originally published in The Sun and is republished with permission.