Queen Elizabeth The II Tests Positive For COVID-19
In recent times, Celebrities, CEOs, and ordinary folks have all come down with the coronavirus, and it hasn’t spared royalty, either. Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, Buckingham Palace said in a statement cited by the BBC. The queen is vaccinated and her symptoms have been mild, according to the statement, but the situation has forced some adjustments to her schedule. Here’s what to know.
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Queen Elizabeth II is 95 and will turn 96 in April. While the monarch’s health decisions are kept fairly private, she did make it public back in January 2021 that she’d received the COVID vaccine. While she didn’t make further vaccinations public, the BBC reports she “is believed to have had all her follow-up jabs.” She’s lived an extraordinary healthy life, with few known medical issues, and her mother, Elizabeth the Queen Mother, lived to be 101.
Coronavirus is bound to be tougher on the elderly, but the palace described the monarch as experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms” and said she expects to continue “light duties” at Windsor Castle during the week, noting “she will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines.” That’s for sure. If anyone can get the best medical care, it’s the queen.
On Tuesday, royal officials said the queen canceled her virtual engagements for the day. The BBC reported it’s yet to be decided whether she’ll carry out other planned engagements, such as her weekly phone conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. She’s still scheduled to attend an in-person reception at Windsor Castle next week.
We wish the Queena a speedy recovery.