The Queen contracts COVID-19

The Queen has tested positive for COVID-19, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The Palace said the Monarch is experiencing ‘mild cold-like symptoms’ but expects to continue ‘light duties’ at Windsor over the next week.

“She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines,” it added in a statement.

The Queen enjoyed the scaled back version of Trooping to mark her official birthday (@RoyalFamily)

The Queen fully (triple) vaccinated; she received her first vaccination on 9th January 2021, along with the late Duke of Edinburgh.

The announcement came weeks after The Prince of Wales tested positive for the virus, with the Palace refusing to confirm or deny The Queen’s status. The Duchess of Cornwall tested positive shortly after.

The Queen has had a number of recent health issues in the last year. She was pictured using a stick at a number of engagements, the first time being at a Westminster Abbey service in, whereas the most recent engagement was this week when she said, ‘Well, as you can see, I can’t move.’

She was then put on doctors’ orders to rest in October, and she spent a night in hospital whilst undergoing preliminary tests, which was revealed by the Sun and only confirmed by the palace afterwards.

In November, she was unable to attend the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday after spraining her back.

The Queen has spent much of the pandemic at Windsor Castle, protected in ‘HMS Bubble’, which the name given to her reduced staff whilst isolating.

Her Majesty recently marked her Platinum Jubilee, where she made it her ‘sincerest wish’ for Camilla to be known as Queen Consort when Charles is King, in a message on the eve of her Accession. A new picture was also unveiled to mark the historic occasion, which saw her smiling with one of the famous red boxes at Sandringham, alongside a photo of her father. 

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