Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for coronavirus, Buckingham Palace announced on Sunday.
The 95-year-old sovereign – who is celebrating his 70th year on the throne – is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms, but expects to continue light duties in Windsor over the coming week, the palace said.
“She will continue to receive medical care and will follow all relevant guidelines,” it added.
The Queen confirmed that she and her late husband, Prince Philip, had received their first doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in January 2021. But the Palace has refused to disclose any information on subsequent vaccinations citing medical privacy.
The Queen’s health has been closely scrutinized since the end of last year, when she withdrew from public events on the advice of doctors to rest after an overnight stay in hospital for an unknown reason. New concern has been renewed in the last few days as several family members isolated themselves after testing positive for the virus.
The Queen’s diagnosis comes a few days after she completed her first personal engagement since returning to Windsor.
On Wednesday, the monarch held an audience with the outgoing Secretary of Defense, Rear Admiral James Macleod, and his successor, Major General Eldon Millar.
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