Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms”, Buckingham Palace said on February 20.
The Queen remains at her Windsor Castle residence and is expected to carry out light duties over the next few days.
“She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines,” a Buckingham Palace statement said. The Queen, 95, had been in contact with her eldest son and heir, the Prince of Wales, who tested positive last week.
It is understood a number of people have tested positive at Windsor Castle, where the monarch resides.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II a speedy recovery after she tested positive for COVID-19. “I wish Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth a speedy recovery and pray for her good health,” Modi tweeted.
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I wish Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth a speedy recovery and pray for her good health. https://t.co/Em873ikLl8
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 20, 2022
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “sure I speak for everyone in wishing Her Majesty The Queen a swift recovery from Covid and a rapid return to vibrant good health”. Leader of the Opposition, Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer, also wished the monarch “good health and a speedy recovery”, adding: “Get well soon, Ma’am.”
Justin Trudeau tweeted “My thoughts, and the thoughts of millions of Canadians, are with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today. We’re wishing her a fast and full recovery from COVID-19.”
My thoughts, and the thoughts of millions of Canadians, are with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today. We’re wishing her a fast and full recovery from COVID-19.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 20, 2022
On the eve of her Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years on the throne on 6 February, she carried out her first major public engagement for more than three months, meeting charity workers at Sandringham House. The Monarch, who will be 96 in April, had her first vaccine in January 2021 and is believed to have had all her follow-up jabs after that.
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The current guidelines for anyone testing positive for coronavirus in England are for them to self-isolate for 10 days, with the option to end the quarantine with two consecutive negative lateral flow tests on days six and seven.
The Monarch’s son and heir, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla had also tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.
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