LONDON (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II examined constructive for COVID-19 on Sunday and is experiencing gentle, cold-like signs, Buckingham Palace mentioned, including that the famously stoic 95-year-old monarch nonetheless plans to hold on working. The prognosis prompted concern and get-well needs from throughout Britain’s political spectrum.
Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a fixture within the lifetime of the nation, the queen reached the milestone of 70 years on the throne on Feb. 6, the anniversary of the 1952 loss of life of her father, King George VI. She’s going to flip 96 on April 21.
The palace mentioned the queen, who has been absolutely vaccinated and had a booster shot, would proceed with “mild” duties at Windsor Fortress over the approaching week.
“She’s going to proceed to obtain medical consideration and can observe all the suitable pointers,” the palace mentioned in a press release.
Individuals within the U.Okay. who take a look at constructive for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for not less than 5 days, though the British authorities says it plans to raise that requirement for England this week.
Each the queen’s eldest son Prince Charles, 73, and her 74-year-old daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall contracted COVID-19 earlier this month. Charles has since returned to work. There are additionally considered a number of latest virus instances amongst employees at Windsor Fortress, the place the queen is staying.
A bunch of senior British politicians despatched get-well messages. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “I’m positive I converse for everybody in wishing Her Majesty The Queen a swift restoration from COVID and a speedy return to vibrant good well being.”
Well being Secretary Sajid Javid wrote that he was “Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a fast restoration,” whereas opposition Labour Social gathering chief Keir Starmer wished the queen “good well being and a speedy restoration. Get effectively quickly, Ma’am.”
Elizabeth has been in strong well being for many of her reign and has been photographed driving a horse as just lately as 2020. Up to now 12 months she has been seen utilizing a strolling stick, and in October she spent an evening in a London hospital for unspecified exams.
The queen’s medical doctors ordered her to relaxation after that and he or she was compelled to cancel appearances at a number of key occasions, together with Remembrance Sunday providers and the COP26 local weather convention in Glasgow, Scotland in November.
This month she returned to public duties and has held audiences each nearly and in-person with diplomats, politicians and senior navy officers. Throughout one trade caught on digicam final week, she walked slowly with a stick and mentioned “as you possibly can see I can’t transfer” in an obvious reference to her leg.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty journal, mentioned members of the royal household could be very involved by the COVID-19 prognosis.
“I might guess that she will likely be matter-of-fact in regards to the prognosis in a manner maybe that the folks round her are much less matter-of-fact,” he mentioned.
The queen has a busy schedule over the following few months of her Platinum Jubilee 12 months and is scheduled to attend in-person public engagements within the coming weeks, together with a diplomatic reception at Windsor on March 2 and the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 14.
On March 29, she has a remembrance service at Westminster Abbey for her husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at 99.
Public celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee are scheduled over an extended weekend June 2-5, with festivities together with a navy parade, a day of horse racing and neighborhood events.
The queen is the most recent monarch from world wide to catch COVID-19. Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 82, and Spain’s King Felipe VI, 54, each examined constructive for the sickness earlier in February and had gentle signs.
Her prognosis comes after a troublesome week for Britain’s royal household.
On Tuesday the queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, settled a U.S. lawsuit introduced by a girl who claimed he had sexually abused together with her when she was 17 and touring with the late financier and intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew strenuously denied the declare by Virginia Giuffre. He agreed in a settlement to make a considerable donation to his accuser’s charity.
On Wednesday, London’s Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into allegations that folks related to one in all Prince Charles’ charities supplied to assist a Saudi billionaire safe honors and citizenship in return for donations.
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