Queen Elizabeth II tests positive for COVID-19: Buckingham Palace

WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Updated: Feb 21, 2022, 02:15 PM(IST)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II inherited the throne on February 8, 1952 at the age of 25 after the death of her father, George VI. She still reigns over another 14 nations in the Commonwealth as well as heading the organisation, which takes in a third of humanity. Elizabeth II will overtake King Bhumibol Adulyadej as the longest-reigning modern monarch if she is still on the throne on June 12, 2022. Photograph:( AFP )

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for COVID-19, but has only moderate symptoms and will continue to perform her duties 

Queen Elizabeth, 95, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is having moderate symptoms, although Buckingham Palace stated on Sunday that she expected to undertake light duties this week. 

"The queen has today tested positive for COVID," the Palace said. "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 said.

Charles, the heir to the throne, walked out of an event earlier this month after getting coronavirus for the second time.

According to a royal source, he only met the queen a few days before.

The queen's health has been in the limelight since she spent a night in hospital last October for an unidentified sickness and was subsequently recommended to rest by her doctors. 

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wished her a speedy recovery on Sunday. 

"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," he said on Twitter.

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