Queen Elizabeth II Cancels 'Virtual Engagements' After Testing Positive For COVID-19, Spokesman Confirms She Is Experiencing Mild Symptoms
Queen Elizabeth II is resting after testing positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.
As reported by OK!, Buckingham Palace announced the 95-year-old tested positive for the virus on Sunday, February 20. "Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week," the statement read.
The monarch cancelled online engagements on Tuesday, February 22, Fox News reported, as she is still experiencing mild symptoms similar to a common cold.
The Queen "has decided not to undertake her planned virtual engagements today, but will continue with light duties," a spokesman confirmed, per the publication.
According to Sky News, Prince William and Prince Harry's grandmother is slated to have a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday, February 23. It is likely the conversation with the Prime Minister and other planned virtual events will be under review to determine whether they will go ahead.
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The outlet noted anti-viral treatments are likely to be provided for the Queen by a team of royal physicians. Before testing positive, the monarch was already fully vaccinated and even received her booster shot. This is believed to be the first time she has caught the virus.
There have been a number of positive COVID-19 cases "within the Windsor Castle team," insiders told the publication.
The queen tested positive only days after her eldest son, Prince Charles, tested positive for the virus. The heir to the throne spent time with his mother two days before learning he had COVID-19.
Days later, his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, also tested positive for COVID-19. This is the second time the Prince of Wales contracted the virus, but it is believed to be the Duchess of Cornwall's first bout. The royals are both vaccinated.
Prior to the Queen's positive test, Prince Andrew had reportedly been visiting his mother on a nightly basis at Windsor Castle after reaching a "settlement in principle" with accuser Virginia Giuffre. A source revealed the Duke of York was "very careful and is trying to keep out of sight" amid the controversy.