Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II, 95, had tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, but she was only showing “mild” symptoms, raising concerns about the health of the most dangerous celebrity monarch on the planet.
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Her Majesty, who has just passed the record 70-year rule for the British monarchy, met her son Prince Charles on February 8, two days before he tested positive for the virus.
“Buckingham Palace confirms that the Queen has tested positive for coronavirus today,” he said in a statement.
“Her Majesty has symptoms similar to those of a cold, but expects to continue over the next week on light assignments in Windsor,” the castle where she has made her main residence since the start of the epidemic, the text adds, thus reassuring of his health.
He continued, “You will continue to receive medical supervision and will follow all appropriate recommendations.”
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, also wished a speedy and complete recovery from COVID-19.
According to British media, the Queen, who will turn 96 on April 21, has been vaccinated three times, as well as her son and wife Camilla, who also tested positive recently.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who spent several days in intensive care in the spring of 2020 with COVID-19, wished him on Twitter a “speedy recovery and a speedy return to sparkling good health”.
Health Minister Sajid Javid also wished the Queen a “speedy recovery”, as did Home Secretary Priti Patel, adding “God Save the Queen” (“God Save the Queen”, an expression that is also the title of the British anthem).
“Recover quickly, madam,” opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer wrote on Twitter.
Since being hospitalized one night in October, for a reason that was never determined, the King’s appearances have become rare. But the palace recently announced the resumption of its public activities: ahead of a ceremony on March 29 at Westminster Abbey in memory of Prince Philip, her husband who died last year, the Queen is expected to attend a diplomatic reception in Windsor. On 2 March and at the Commonwealth Party on 14 March.
Since her meeting with her son, the Queen has been privately involved in the public engagement last Wednesday, welcoming Major General Eldon Millar, who is responsible for liaison between the Queen and the armed forces, and his predecessor, Admiral James MacLeod, at Windsor Castle. , forty kilometers from London, the main residence of the king.
A video clip of the meeting showed her welcoming the two soldiers standing, smiling, wearing a patterned dress, and a cane in her hands. “You see, I can’t move,” she said, pointing to her left foot or leg.
The Queen’s appearance had given a signal that is likely to allay concerns about her health, especially after she was examined since her night in hospital in the fall for “initial” examinations, the nature of which has not been determined since.
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The services of Prince Charles, 73, announced on February 10 that the heir to the British crown had tested positive for COVID – for the second time – and that he was in isolation. He had met his mother 48 hours earlier.
Then the queen’s entourage indicated that she had no symptoms, without clarifying whether the result of her test was positive or negative, which raises concern.
On Monday February 14, Camilla, 74, wife of Prince Charles, announced that she had also contracted COVID.
Queen Elizabeth passed through the 70-year phase of her reign on February 6, an unprecedented longevity for the British monarchy. Four days of festivities are planned to celebrate her platinum jubilee.
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