Buckingham Palace revealed Sunday that Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for coronavirus.
The 95-year-old monarch, who is enjoying her 70th year on the throne, is suffering from minor cold-like symptoms but expected to resume modest responsibilities at Windsor during the next week, according to the palace.
“She will continue to get medical treatment and will adhere to all applicable standards,” the statement continued.
The Queen has been completely vaccinated, according to UK media reports. Buckingham Palace previously revealed that both the monarch and her late husband, Prince Philip, will get their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccination in January 2021. However, the palace has refused to provide any information regarding later vaccines, claiming medical confidentiality.
According to a royal insider, the Queen is not the only person in her orbit who has tested positive for Covid-19.
“A handful of instances have been detected among the Windsor Castle squad,” a source told, declining to say who else has tested positive.
The Queen’s health has been extensively monitored since late last year, when she disappeared from public appearances on doctors’ instructions to rest after a secret overnight hospital visit. In the last several days, many family members have self-isolated after testing positive for the virus.
Prince Charles, the British heir to the throne, tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time 10 days ago, and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, confirmed her own infection on Monday.
At the time, a royal insider acknowledged that the Queen had “recently” met her eldest son, although the source did not comment on when the meeting occurred.
The Prince of Wales previously acquired coronavirus in March 2020, when countries throughout the world were suffering the ravages of the epidemic for the first time. Charles stated at the time of his infection that he was fortunate to just have minimal symptoms, adding that he’d “gotten away with it fairly lightly.”
Prince William tested positive for Covid-19 in 2020, but his infection was not publicised for months.
The Queen’s diagnosis comes only days after she returned to Windsor from Sandringham, where she celebrated the 70th anniversary of her ascension to the throne and the death of her father, King George VI.
The monarch met with the outgoing Defence Services Secretary, Rear Admiral James Macleod, and his replacement, Major General Eldon Millar, on Wednesday, and she looked to be in high spirits.