Royal Health Woes: Queen Elizabeth II Admits The Pandemic Has Left Her 'Exhausted'
Queen Elizabeth II is opening up about her recent experience with COVID-19.
Buckingham palace first announced that Her Majesty tested positive for the virus in late February, noting she was experiencing "mild symptoms" and continuing "light duties."
The 95-year-old monarch — who has served England as Queen for an incredible 70 years — spoke about the illness via video chat while being honored by the Royal London Hospital as they opened a 155-bed COVID-19 ward named after her.
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"It does leave one very tired and exhausted doesn’t it, this horrible pandemic," she told them. "It is not a nice result."
"It obviously was a very frightening experience to have COVID very badly, wasn’t it?" She commented, speaking to the hospital staff. "And of course not being allowed to see your relatives was very hard, wasn’t it?"
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Despite the ravages of the global pandemic that have changed life to a new normal over the past few years, the Queen praised all frontline workers for having the "Dunkirk Spirit" and helping the country through the ongoing health crisis.
"Thank goodness it still exists," she added.
As OK! previously learned, rumors of the Queen's declining health have swirled since battling several health woes since last October, including a sprained back and a stint in the hospital. It's been reported she is decidedly "frail" and has difficulties walking her beloved corgis. Her health concerns also resulted in her purchasing a luxury golf cart for public events.
The ailing monarch recently announced she had decided not to attend the Royal Maundy service at St. George's Chapel at Windsor.
The religious holiday takes place the Thursday before Good Friday and involves the Queen handing out Maundy money to those in attendance. The services for 2020 and 2021 were both cancelled due to the pandemic. This year, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Parker-Bowels be attending in her place.