LONDON (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II gave a positive result at COVID-19 on Sunday and is experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, Buckingham Palace said, adding that the famous Stoic 95-year-old monarch is still planning to continue working. The diagnosis has raised concerns and wishes for recovery from across the UK political spectrum.
The Queen, who has long ruled the monarch in Britain and has repeatedly remained in the life of the nation, has reached the border 70 years on the throne on February 6 anniversary of the death in 1952 of her father, King George VI. She will turn 96 on April 21.
The palace said the queen, who had received full vaccinations and vaccinations, would continue to perform “light” duties at Windsor Castle for the next week.
“She will continue to receive medical care and will follow all relevant recommendations,” the palace said in a statement.
Both eldest sons are queens Prince Charles73 years old, and her 74-year-old daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall contracted COVID-19 earlier this month. Charles has since returned to work. It is believed that among the staff of Windsor Castle, where the Queen is, there were several cases of the virus.
Many high-ranking British politicians have sent messages of recovery. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “I am sure I am speaking on behalf of all, wishing Her Majesty the Queen a speedy recovery from COVID and a speedy return to bright good health.”
Health Minister Sajid Javid wrote that he “wishes Her Majesty the Queen a speedy recovery”, and the leader of the opposition Labor Party, Keir Starmer, wished the Queen “good health and a speedy recovery”. Get well soon, ma’am. “
For most of her reign Elizabeth was in good health, and in 2020 she was photographed riding a horse. Last year she was seen using caneand in October she spent the night in a London hospital for inaccurate analyzes.
The Queen’s doctors ordered her to rest after that, and she was forced to cancel performances at several key events, including Remembrance Sunday services and COP26 Climate Conference in November in Glasgow, Scotland.
This month, she returned to public office and held audiences both virtually and in person with diplomats, politicians and senior military officials. During one exchange filmed by the camera last week, she walked slowly with a stick and said “as you can see, I can’t move,” referring to her leg.
Joe Little, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said members of the royal family would be very concerned about the diagnosis of COVID-19.
“I would assume she would diagnose in a way that people around her would be less significant,” he said.
The Queen has a busy schedule for the next few months of her platinum anniversary year, and plans to attend private public events in the coming weeks, including a diplomatic reception in Windsor on March 2 and the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March. 14.
On March 29 at Westminster Abbey she has a memorial service for her husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99.
Public celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee are scheduled for the long weekend of June 2-5 with festivities including military parades, jumping days and neighborhood parties.
The Queen is the last monarch from around the world to become infected with COVID-19. Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 82, and King Philip VI of Spain, 54, both were positive for the disease in early February and had mild symptoms.
Her diagnosis comes after a difficult week for the UK royal family.
On Tuesday, the queen’s second son, Prince Andrew upheld a U.S. lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed he had sexually assaulted her when she was 17, and traveled with the deceased financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew flatly rejected Virginia Juffre’s claims. He agreed to make a substantial donation to his accuser’s charity.
On wednesday The London Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation on charges that people associated with one of Prince Charles ’charities offered to help the Saudi billionaire get awards and citizenship in exchange for donations.