Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday tested positive for Covid-19 not too long after commemorating her 70 years on the throne, however, her aides have maintained that her symptoms were ‘mild’.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that the news is coming at a stressful time of scandal for the royal family and after Prince Charles, the queen’s eldest son and heir, tested positive on February 10, two days after meeting his mother at Windsor Castle.
No information was given then on whether Queen Elizabeth had taken any Covid-19 tests herself.
She resumed in-person audiences at the castle last week, but complained to one attendee of suffering from stiffness and was photographed holding a walking stick.
‘Buckingham Palace confirm that the queen has today tested positive for Covid,’ a statement from the palace said.
‘Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week,’ it said.
‘She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines.’
While normally secretive about the queen’s health, the palace has previously confirmed she is triple-vaccinated against Covid-19.
Britain’s Press Association said ‘it is understood a number of cases have also been diagnosed among the Windsor Castle team’.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: ‘I’m sure I speak for everyone in wishing Her Majesty The Queen a swift recovery from Covid and a rapid return to vibrant good health.’
Members of Johnson’s cabinet joined in sending best wishes. Keir Starmer, leader of the main opposition Labour party, also tweeted his hopes for ‘a speedy recovery’, adding: ‘Get well soon, Ma’am.’
Nationwide celebrations to mark the queen’s Platinum Jubilee are due to be held in June, after she marked 70 years on the throne on February 6.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK