The Queen has tested positive for Covid just days after Charles and Camilla both caught the virus, but has still found time to send a message to Team GB’s medal winners today.
The monarch, 95, is understood to be experiencing ‘mild cold like symptoms’, but is expected to continue with light duties at Windsor over the coming week.
She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all appropriate guidelines.
Her Majesty’s diagnosis comes after a number of people at Windsor Castle, where the monarch resides, tested positive for Covid-19.
It also comes just two weeks after the Queen reached her historic Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years on the throne on February 6.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement today: ‘Buckingham Palace confirm that The Queen has today tested positive for Covid.
‘Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week.
‘She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines.’
The Queen and Charles walk together at Balmoral Cricket Pavilion in October last year. Charles tested positive for Covid earlier this month, but is now back to full health
The diagnosis comes as the Queen today sent a message of congratulations to Team GB’s women’s curling team after they won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
It is likely she will be working from her red boxes, sent to her every day and containing policy papers, Foreign Office telegrams, letters and other State papers from Government ministers and Commonwealth representatives that have to be read and, where necessary, approved and signed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson today tweeted his well wishes to the monarch, saying: ‘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.’
The Queen is understood to be triple vaccinated but has been subject to health concerns since mid-October after cancelling a run of engagements and spending a night in hospital undergoing preliminary tests.