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Queen Elizabeth II. Image: Getty Images

JUST IN: Queen Elizabeth tests positive for COVID-19

Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth is experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms” but expects to continue “light duties”

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Queen Elizabeth II. Image: Getty Images

Not long after Prince Charles tested positive for COVID-19, Buckingham Palace has announced that Queen Elizabeth II has also contracted the respiratory illness.

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In a statement, Buckingham Palace says The Queen is experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms” but expects to continue “light duties” at Windsor over the coming week. The Queen has been vaccinated and also received her booster shot.

The Royal Household has its own team of doctors who will be taking care of the Queen and monitoring her health.

“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.”

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Queen Elizabeth II’s COVID-19 diagnosis came nearly two weeks after it was learnt that Prince Charles had tested positive for the virus. People has cited a “source” as saying that both the Queen and Prince Charles had recently met before his test came back positive, but says the 95-year-old monarch hasn’t been showing any symptoms of the respiratory illness. He had been at Windsor Castle just two days prior to hand out investiture honours.

She recently announced that she would like for Duchess of Cornwall Camilla to become “Queen Consort”, once Prince Charles, takes over the monarchy, which would elevate her place in the royal family. It isn’t clear when Prince Charles is expected to take over from his mother.

Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth’s first born son, married Camilla in 2005. At the time, she was to be known as “Princess Consort.” This is despite the fact that she had a right to being named Queen. Camilla has become more popular over the years, but it wasn’t always the case – many disliked her after it emerged that she was having an affair with Prince Charles, who was married to the beloved Princess Diana.