Queen Elizabeth Covid latest: Her Majesty tests positive for virus & suffering minor symptoms Buckingham Palace confirms

THE QUEEN, who is triple vaccinated, has tested positive for Covid after suffering from mild cold like symptoms, palace officials say.

Her Majesty expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week, despite her diagnosis.

The news comes after the Queen had come into direct contact with Prince Charles during the same week he tested positive for the virus.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "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."

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Kate to take a trip to Copenhagen this week

    Kate Middleton will take her first solo overseas tour since 2019 to promote her work.

    In a post on Twitter, Kensington Royal wrote: "The Duchess of Cambridge will take her first overseas tour since 2019 to promote her work on early childhood education".

    During the visit, the Duchess of Cambridge "will spend time learning about how Denmark has created an enabling culture for early childhood development."

    While in Denmark, the Duchess will also meet with Queen Margrethe II to celebrate her golden jubilee, as she enters her 50th year on the throne.

    Kate is expected to be in Denmark from February 22 to the 23.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen rocked by Covid as family left 'concerned'

    The QUEEN has tested positive for COVID-19 – which has "no doubt" left Prince Charles and the Royal Family "concerned", a commentator has said.

    Royal biographer Robert Jobson, author of 'William: The Making of a Modern Monarch', told the Mirror: "There is no doubt The Prince of Wales and his family will be concerned by this development and won’t be complacent."

  • Louis Allwood

    Is the Queen vaccinated against Covid-19?

    Her Majesty is understood to be triple vaccinated.

    She received her first jab more than a year ago, according to Buckingham Palace.

    A royal source said it was administered in January, 2021 by a household doctor at Windsor Castle.

    In a chat to chiefs overseeing the vaccine rollout, she said of her injection: “It was very quick, and I’ve had lots of letters from people who’ve been surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine.”

    Two months later, the Queen joined millions of other Brits in receiving her second Covid jab.

    She was given the shot ahead of her first public appearance in five months in March, 2021.

    A source said at the time: “Given the Queen has decided to make a public appearance so close to 12 weeks after the announcement of receiving her first vaccine it is clear she has already had her second."

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate Middleton’s hilarious comeback after being mistaken for Prince William’s assistant

    WHEN she’s out and about performing royal duties, Kate Middleton always looks the part of the poised and proper Duchess.

    That said, the mum-of-three is also known for her cheeky sense of humour and is always willing to tease her husband in public when the opportunity arises.

    In August last year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were touring Cardiff when they paid a visit to the Shire Hall Care Home – after they played bingo with residents via video link in lockdown.

    During their visit, the couple got talking to 87-year-old Joan Drew-Smith.

    At one point, the pensioner turned to Prince William and asked: “Is this your assistant?”

    Finding the whole thing hilarious, the Duchess thought she’d join in on the joke and confirmed that she is William’s PA of sorts.

    She laughed to her husband: “Well, I am your assistant. I have been for a long time!”

    What’s more, Joan had no problem telling the couple that their bingo skills were a bit lacklustre and even told the press the game “wasn’t as good as it could have been”.

  • Louis Allwood

    Rishi Sunak sends best wishes

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak retweeted a statement from Buckingham Palace confirming the Queen has tested positive for Covid-19 as he wished her well. He wrote: "Wishing Her Majesty a speedy recovery."

    Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting tweeted: "On behalf of all of us in Ilford North, I send my very best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen for a speedy recovery from Covid."

  • Louis Allwood

    Piers Morgan wishes The Queen a ‘full and speedy recovery’

    PIERS Morgan wished The Queen a "full and speedy recovery" after Her Majesty's Covid diagnosis.

    The Sun columnist, 56, said having the virus is a worrying time for any 95-year-old person.

    He tweeted: "Wishing Her Majesty, The Queen a full & speedy recovery from COVID-19.

    "Worrying for any 95-year-old person to catch this virus, and a very worrying time for Britain when it's our Monarch.

    "Good luck, Ma'am."

    He attached a picture of the Queen speaking during an audience where she met the incoming and outgoing Defence Service Secretaries at Windsor Castle this week.

  • Louis Allwood

    Which vaccine did The Queen get?

    Officials at Buckingham Palace haven't disclose which vaccines the Queen received.

    Although not confirmed, it is believed that her initial dose was made by Oxford-AstraZeneca.

    She previously praised the UK's vaccine rollout, calling it "remarkable".

    The Queen said: “Once you’ve had the vaccine, you have a feeling of, you know, you’re protected, which is I think very important.

    “I think it is remarkable how quickly the whole thing has been done and so many people have had the vaccine already.”

    It remains unclear which of the COVID-19 vaccines the Queen received for her other two jabs.

  • Louis Allwood

    The Queen congratulates the women's curling team

    Following Team GB's curling success today the Queen has sent a message of congratulations.

    The official Royal Family Twitter account tweeted "The Queen has sent a message of congratulations to @TeamGB's curling teams following their success at #Beijing2022"

    The message read "I send my warmest congratulations to the Team GB Women's Curling team on your outstanding performance in winning the Gold Medal at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, following the Silver Medal achieved by the Men's Curling team yesterday.

    "I know that your local communities and people throughout the United Kingdom will join me in sending our good wishes to you, your coaches and the friends and family who have supported you in the great success."

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen Elizabeth latest news

    • Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid and Keir Starmer have wished the monarch well after she tested positive for Covid
    • Her Majesty carried out three engagements – one in person – this week
    • She told two military chiefs she "couldn't move" at a meeting in Windsor Castle – although it's thought she was feeling a little stiff, rather than being injured or unwell
    • During the audience, she was heard saying cheerily: "I'm here! Good morning"
    • Elsewhere, son Andrew has reportedly been making night-time visits to see his mother after settling his US civil sex abuse lawsuit
    • And she didn't publicly wish the Duke a happy birthday as he turned 62
    • Louis Allwood

      The Queen held a meeting over videolink on Tuesday

      Her Majesty appeared over videolink from Windsor, where she is in residence, on Tuesday, February 15.

      She wore a floral dress as she received the ambassadors of Estonia and Spain during virtual meetings.

      The monarch, seated in her Oak Room sitting room, has spent most of the pandemic at Windsor.

      She formed part of "HMS Bubble" – the nickname given to her reduced household of dedicated staff – during the lockdown.

      Tuesday was the first time the Queen has been photographed, albeit on a screen, since she reached her historic Platinum Jubilee milestone.

      On that date, she endorsed her daughter-in-law Camilla to be known as Queen when Charles becomes King.

    • Louis Allwood

      A "number of cases" have been diagnosed in workers based at the castle

      Sources say coronavirus has swept through staff at Windsor in recent days.

      Royal insiders revealed a "number of cases" have been diagnosed in workers based at the castle.

      It is understood the Queen, who is just two months away from her 96th birthday, is tested every day by royal doctors.

      Her medics will be on hand to take care of and monitor her, with Professor Sir Huw Thomas, head of the Medical Household, expected to be in charge.

    • Louis Allwood

      Gary Lineker among many to share best wishes

      BBC's Gary Lineker also wished Her Maj a "speedy a full recovery".

      Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a speedy recovery from Covid-19."

      London Mayor Sadiq Khan praised the "commitment Her Majesty the Queen has shown to our country" as he wished a swift and safe recovery.

    • Louis Allwood

      The Queen is expected to remain at Windsor Castle

      The Queen is expected to remain at Windsor Castle while she recovers from coronavirus.

      Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "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."

      It comes just a few weeks after the nation's longest-reigning monarch reached her historic Platinum Jubilee of 70 years on the throne on February 6.

    • Louis Allwood

      Face-to-face audience on Wednesday

      On Wednesday, February 16, the Queen met with incoming Defence Services Secretary Major General Eldon Millar, as well as his predecessor Rear Admiral James Macleod, at Windsor Castle.

      During the engagement, she used a walking stick and said she "couldn't move" well – although it's thought she was feeling a little stiff, rather than being injured or unwell.

      During the audience, she was heard saying cheerily: "I'm here!

      "I thought you might have just stayed in there for ages. Good morning."

      Asked how she is, the Queen, pointing to her left leg or foot, responded: "Well, as you can see, I can't move."

      The trio then discussed the monarch's dorgi Candy, with the military man saying: "I notice you've got Candy keeping guard.

      "As we came down the corridor, she wasn't going to let us get anywhere near you."

      Maj General Millar added: "She gave a little growl as we came in."

      The Queen said: "Oh, really? She doesn't normally growl."

      "She obviously can see through us," Rear Admiral Mcleod joked.

    • Louis Allwood

      Boris Johnson wishes the Queen a 'swift recovery'

      Boris Johnson has taken to Twitter to wish the Queen a 'swift recovery' after it was confirmed Her Majesty has tested positive for Covid.

      The Prime Minister said: "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."

    • Louis Allwood

      The the nation's longest-reigning monarch recently reached her historic Platinum Jubilee

      The Queen's positive result comes just a few weeks after the nation's longest-reigning monarch reached her historic Platinum Jubilee of 70 years on the throne on February 6.

      The Queen is understood to be triple vaccinated but she had been on doctors' order to rest since mid October, after cancelling a run of engagements and spending a night in hospital undergoing preliminary tests.

      She is believed to have spent time with Charles on February 8, when he hosted an investiture at her Windsor Castle home. He tested positive for Covid a few days later but has since recovered.

      The Duchess of Cornwall has also tested positive for Covid, with Clarence House confirming on February 14 that Camilla was self isolating.

    • Louis Allwood

      The Queen will continue with "light duties"

      The monarch will continue with "light duties" in the coming days, the Palace says.

      Her aides will be keeping her schedule light before a series of outings in March.

      Officials are keen she will not be rushed and “lessons have been learned” since her punishing 19 jobs in as many days last October, which led to her resting on doctors’ orders.

      The Royal Household has its own physicians to care for the Queen in the days to come.

      Her doctors will be on hand to take care of and monitor her, with Professor Sir Huw Thomas, head of the Medical Household, expected to be in charge.

    • Louis Allwood

      Sajid Javid has wished the Queen a quick recovery

      It has been confirmed today by Buckingham Palace that the Queen has has tested positive for Covid.

      Sajid Javid has recently wished Her Majesty a quick recovery after it wasd revealed she is suffering from "mild cold-like symptoms".

    • Louis Allwood

      Many take to Twitter to share best wishes

      Labour leader Keir Starmer has taken to Twitter to wish Her Majesty 'good health' following the news.

      He said: "On behalf of myself and the whole of @UKLabour, wishing Her Majesty The Queen good health and a speedy recovery. Get well soon, Ma’am."

      Priti Patel, The Home Secretary, also tweeted saying "Wishing Her Majesty a quick recovery. God save the Queen."

    • Louis Allwood

      The Queen’s recent engagements

      Her Majesty has led by example throughout the pandemic, sitting alone at her husband’s funeral in April 2021 and cancelling a family Christmas party in December because it was “the right thing to do”.

      Despite a period of ill-health towards the end of last year, she has appeared to be on sprightly form during her recent engagements.

      The Queen was pictured beaming as she met with the incoming and outgoing Defence Service Secretaries at Windsor Castle on February 16.

      And the following day, the monarch appeared on a screen via videolink from Windsor Castle during a virtual audience to receive the Ambassador of Jordan Manar Dabbas at Buckingham Palace.

    • Louis Allwood

      The Queen is understood to be triple vaccinated

      The Queen is understood to be triple vaccinated but she had been on doctors’ order to rest since mid October, after cancelling a run of engagements and spending a night in hospital undergoing preliminary tests.

      She is believed to have spent time with Charles on February 8, when he hosted an investiture at her Windsor Castle home. He tested positive for Covid a few days late but has since recovered.

    • Louis Allwood

      The Queen congratulates the women’s curling team

      Following Team GB’s curling success today the Queen has sent a message of congratulations.

      The official Royal Family Twitter account tweeted “The Queen has sent a message of congratulations to @TeamGB’s curling teams following their success at #Beijing2022”

      The message read “I send my warmest congratulations to the Team GB Women’s Curling team on your outstanding performance in winning the Gold Medal at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, following the Silver Medal achieved by the Men’s Curling team yesterday.

      “I know that your local communities and people throughout the United Kingdom will join me in sending our good wishes to you, your coaches and the friends and family who have supported you in the great success.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Prince Charles seen for first time since loaning Andrew cash

      PRINCE Charles was seen for the first time since loaning Prince Andrew cash for his brother’s £12million sex assault settlement.

      The Prince of Wales was out on royal duties presenting The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for further education at St James’s Palace – just days after he was struck down with Covid.

      He was joined with his sister Princess Anne to give prizes to eighteen universities for the award.

      The royal siblings spoke to representatives from the universities before the prize ceremony.

      Despite the ongoing drama with Charles’ charity probe, the Prince of Wales seemed in good spirits as he attended the prize giving.

      This comes as The Sun revealed Prince Andrew will use a family LOAN to fund his £12million financial settlement with Virginia Giuffre.

    • Louis Allwood

      William's plan for 'less drama' exposed

      It has been reported that Prince William has come up with a plan to alter the monarchy for "less drama" when he becomes King.

      A source told Us Weekly Magazine that William and Charles have made “the big decision [of] making and creating a slimmed down monarchy.

      "The way William and Charles see it, less people means less drama.” 

      Alongside this, The Duke of Cambridge is working closely with his father, Prince Charles, to "guide each other" on their paths to the throne.

      The decision comes as the Royal family has been rocked by Prince Andrew's sex offence trial and now his settlement.

    • Louis Allwood

      “Most of all, this is and always will be his home”

      PRINCE Harry yesterday launched a High Court fight over the Government’s decision to refuse police protection for him and wife Meghan when they visit the UK.

      He insists he wants to bring his children Archie and Lilibet to the UK but he “does not feel safe” under the current security arrangements.

      Yet he was told in court yesterday his demands to be allowed to pay for 24-hour armed protection when he visits here from the US were unreasonable because British police are not “guns for hire”.

      Becoming the first member of the Royal Family to sue the Government, the Duke of Sussex, claimed in London’s High Court that he should be given taxpayer-funded armed guards.

      Papers filed by his lawyers called the decision to remove his security after Megxit two years ago “unlawful”.

      Harry’s legal team stated that he wishes to return to the UK “to see family and friends”.

      They added: “Most of all, this is and always will be his home.”

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