Queen Elizabeth II tests positive for Covid-19; she has mild symptoms

The Queen isabel II95, tested positive for Covid-19 but has “mild” symptoms comparable to those of a cold, the palace of buckinghamfueled concerns about his health.

The monarch, who has just celebrated the 70th anniversary of her reign, a record for the british royaltyhad met his son, Prince Charles, on February 8, two days before he tested positive.

In a statement on Sunday, Buckingham Palace announced “that the Queen has today tested positive for covid test“.

“Her Majesty has cold symptoms but hopes to continue light duty at Windsor”, the castle where she has been based since the beginning of the pandemicadded the text.

“He will continue to receive medical supervision and follow all appropriate recommendations,” the palace said.

According to British media, the queen, who turns 96 on April 21, received three doses of the vaccineas did his son and his wife, Camilla, who also recently tested positive.

Shortly after the announcement, the palace issued a congratulatory message from the queen to the British curling teams for their success at the Beijing Olympics. – gold for women, silver for men – which shows that the queen is still present.

“Watched Closely”

The first Minister Boris Johnsonwho spent several days in intensive care in early 2020 with Covid-19, wished him on Twitter a “speedy recovery and speedy return to vibrant good health”.

To the wishes of the British politicians were added, among others, those of the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“The queen is very stoic,” and “has always been very positive,” royal analyst Richard Fitzwilliams told AFP. “There is no doubt that she will receive the best possible care,” he added, expecting regular updates on her health from Buckingham Palace.

The queen “will be watched very closely over the next few days” for what is expected to be “no more than a minor annoyance,” said Joe Little, editor of Majesty magazine.

The news, which coincides with the government’s preparations to abandon the latest health restrictions, comes at an intense time for the royal family.

His second son, Prince Andrew, has reached a settlement to end a sexual assault lawsuit in United States and Scotland Yard has opened an investigation related to a Prince Charles foundation.

Among Londoners interviewed by AFP, the news was greeted with some concern. “It’s a symbol of the nation,” said Pasquale Morese, a researcher. “It’s a bit fragile,” but “hopefully it’s okay.”

Since spending a night in the hospital in October, the sovereign’s appearances had become more rare.

But the palace had recently announced the resumption of its public activities, including a March 29 ceremony at Westminster Abbey in memory of Prince Philip, her husband who died last year.

Platinum Jubilee

Since her meeting with her son, the queen had appeared in person at a meeting with her military attaches at Windsor Castle, some 25 miles from London.

A video of the meeting showed her standing, smiling, in a patterned dress with a cane in her hands. “As you can see, I can’t move,” she said, pointing to her foot or her left leg.

The queen’s appearance was a signal to ease concerns about her health, heightened since she was taken to hospital overnight late last year to undergo “preliminary” tests, the nature of which has never been clarified.

The services of Prince Charles, 73, had announced on February 10 that the heir to the British crown had tested positive in a covid-19 test —for the second time— and that he was isolating himself. He had met his mother 48 hours earlier.

To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee -the 70 years of reign-, which was fulfilled on February 6, four days of celebrations are planned.

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