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Queen Elizabeth will carry on with ‘light duties’ despite Covid infection, palace says

The diagnosis follows a string of coronavirus cases among the royal family and the Queen’s Windsor Castle team.

LAST UPDATE | 20 Feb 2022

THE BRITISH QUEEN is experiencing “mild cold like symptoms” after testing positive for Covid but expects to be at her desk carrying out “light duties”, Buckingham Palace has said.

Queen Elizabeth II (95) tested positive for the virus after it was confirmed she had been in direct contact with her eldest son and heir Charles, the Prince of Wales, the week he had the illness.

Her diagnosis follows a string of Covid cases among the royal family and the Queen’s Windsor Castle team, with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also isolating after contracting the virus.

The 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 6 February.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “Buckingham Palace 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 Royal Household has its own royal physicians and the Queen’s doctors will be on hand to take care of and monitor the head of state, with Professor Sir Huw Thomas, head of the Medical Household and Physician to the Queen, expected to be in charge.

The British monarch carried out her first major public engagement for more than three months on 5 February, the eve of her Jubilee, when she met charity workers at Sandringham House, cut a celebratory cake and used a walking stick to rest on.

The Queen is believed to be triple vaccinated but until recently had been on doctors’ orders to rest since mid October, after cancelling a run of engagements and spending a night in hospital undergoing preliminary tests.

Just a few weeks ago, the monarch had begun to resume her normal duties, hosting at Sandringham her largest reception in months, on the eve of her Platinum Jubilee anniversary, and a few days later held her first in-person audience with Prime Minister Boris John in many weeks.

It is understood the Queen is following Covid guidelines on self-isolating after testing positive but that restrict public freedoms in England when he lays out his vision for the future tomorrow.

It is likely the Queen will be working from her red boxes, sent to her every day and containing policy papers, Foreign Office telegrams, letters and other State papers from Government ministers and Commonwealth representatives that have to be read and, where necessary, approved and signed.

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