Her Majesty the Queen has tested positive for COVID. At 95-years-old, her diagnosis is deeply concerning—however, she intends to continue working to the best of her ability. The Queen joins Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, King Felipe of Spain and other royals who have been battling the disease.
In a statement, the palace told the world: “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.”
Due to her advanced age, this diagnosis is incredibly concerning.
In her most recent appearances, including the commemoration of her Platinum Jubilee on February 6, the Queen is looking rather frail. She has clearly lost a significant amount of weight and is swimming in her clothing.
In her most recent meeting with the Defense Services Secretaries, the Queen quipped, “Well, as you can see, I can’t move.”
She was able to move over towards the men to greet them, but her age and the stress of the last two years is clearly catching up with her. As the monarch, she does have access to the best medicine available, but COVID is a severe risk to her health, despite being vaccinated and boosted.
It sounds like she’s doing well at this point, and she’s not the only royal who’s recently been diagnosed.
Both Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall have tested positive for within the last couple of weeks. For the Prince of Wales, it’s the second time that he’s had the disease and he recently immerged from isolation. This is Camilla’s first time with the virus, and both have been vaccinated and boosted.
As both are in their mid-70s, their diagnosis is a source of some concern.
Outside of the U.K., other royals have been battling the effects of the pandemic.
In early February, King Felipe VI of Spain, 54, tested positive for COVID. Current guidelines indicate that the king will quarantine for a week before resuming official duties, unless he continues to test positive. His wife Queen Letizia and daughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sophia, are continuing on with their normal duties and routines.
Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 81, just celebrated her Golden Jubilee, that’s 50 years on the throne, and has also been waylaid by COVID. She was forced to cancel plans to visit Norway and was isolating at Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg.
It’s been two years since the pandemic burst onto the scene. As it becomes endemic, it’s inevitable that royals, even the Queen, will get it. However, it raises questions about whether the Queen will make it to her official Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Hopefully, she will.