Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom responds during a meeting with members of the Royal Canadian Artillery Regiment at Windsor Castle in Windsor, UK, on 6 October 2021.
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday and is experiencing mild symptoms, Buckingham Palace said. The Queen received three injections of the coronavirus vaccine.
The 95-year-old monarch will continue to perform light duties at Windsor Castle over the next week, officials said.
“She will continue to provide medical care and will follow all relevant recommendations,” the palace said in a statement.
Both her eldest son Prince Charles and his daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also recently fell ill with Covid. Charles has since returned to work.
Senior politicians sent messages of recovery, and Health Minister Sajid Javid tweeted “Wishing Her Majesty the Queen a speedy recovery.” Opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer wished the Queen “good health and a speedy recovery. Get well soon, ma’am”.
People in the UK who have tested positive for Covid should isolate themselves for at least five days, although the British government has said it plans to repeal that requirement for England next week.
With her husband Prince Philip next to her Elizabeth became Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand after the death of her father George VI on February 6, 1952. Her coronation took place on June 2, 1953.
Philip died at the age of 99 on April 9, 2021, on the 16th anniversary of the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Duke’s funeral took place four days before Elizabeth’s 95th birthday on April 21.
Fourteen prime ministers served under Elizabeth – from Winston Churchill after her accession to the throne in 1952 to Boris Johnson now.
In early April 2020, the Queen appeared in a rare video performance from Windsor Castle to promise her subjects that they would defeat the coronavirus. The speech aired hours before Johnson was hospitalized because of Covid-19.
“Although we have faced problems before, this problem is different,” she said. “This time we are uniting with all peoples around the world in a common effort, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion for healing.”
During the pandemic, Elizabeth and Philip were at Windsor Castle, where she performed duties remotely. After easing Covid’s restrictions in late March 2021, she rarely appeared in public at a shrine in nearby Surrey to mark the Century of the Royal Australian Air Force.
The day after Philip’s death, Sophie’s daughter-in-law, the Countess of Wessex, told well-wishers near Windsor Castle that “the Queen was amazing.” Elizabeth left a handwritten note with Lilibet on his box, and four days later, on her 95th birthday, she made a statement saying she was “deeply touched” by the manifestations of “support and kindness” of her subjects.
The Queen is the last monarch to contract with Covid. Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 82, and King Philip VI of Spain, 54, both tested positive in February, and each had mild symptoms.
–The Associated Press contributed to this report.