Queen continues with ‘light duties’ after testing positive for Covid

The Queen will continue with ‘light duties’ after she tested positive for Covid on February 20, Buckingham Palace has announced.

This came after The Queen and Prince Charles met on February 8 at Windsor Castle, where Prince Charles handed out investiture honours.

Prince Charles tested positive for the virus for a second time, days after this meeting with The Queen on February 10, and his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall tested positive on February 14.

In a statement released February 20, Buckingham Palace said: “HM is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week.”

The Queen during a reception with representatives from local community group to celebrate the start of the Platinum Jubilee, at Sandringham House, her Norfolk residence, in Sandringham Photo: Joe Giddens/AP/Shutterstock

Many people sent Her Majesty good wishes:

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.”

Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “On behalf of myself and the whole of the [Labour Party], wishing Her Majesty The Queen good health and a speedy recovery. Get well soon, Ma’am.”

On February 22, The Queen postponed a virtual engagement and two further virtual meetings were postponed on February 24 which will be rescheduled to a later date.

This is not the first time she has had to cancel official engagements due to ill-health. Last November she was absent from Remembrance Sunday commemorations due to a sprained back.

In the meantime, while she recovers, she will continue with light duties, working through her daily red box which likely includes reading state papers and carrying out phone calls.

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