New Delhi: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, the worlds ‘oldest reigning monarch, tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and is suffering moderate symptoms, according to Buckingham Palace.
She intends to resume modest responsibilities this week, news agency Reuters reported.
The 95-year-old queen’s health has been in the limelight since she spent a night in a hospital in October for an unidentified disease and was ordered by her physicians to rest. She has been properly vaccinated against coronavirus.
“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 appropriate guidelines,” the Palace was quoted by Reuters in its report.
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Charles, the crown prince, withdrew from an event earlier this month after catching COVID for the second time. According to a Palace insider, he had met the queen just days prior.
As she carried out her first in-person engagement since Charles tested positive, Elizabeth joked to members of the royal household that she couldn’t move much.
In early February, Elizabeth, the world’s oldest monarch, marked the 70th anniversary of her ascension to the British throne.
She is the first British monarch to reign for seven decades in a dynasty that dates back over 1,000 years to Norman King William I’s invasion of England in 1066.
(With Inputs From Reuters)