Queen Elizabeth tests positive for COVID-19

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In the wake of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, where the 95-year-old monarch is celebrating 70 years on the throne, there has been some unfortunate news to come from Buckingham Palace. The Queen has tested positive for COVID-19. She’s experiencing mild cold-like symptoms and is doing her duties as little as possible, so as to help along the healing process. She is triple-vaccinated, which will aid her greatly in recovery.

This is not the first time that the royal family has been infected with COVID -19. Prince Charles got infected twice, first in March 2020 and the most recently in February 2022. His wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, tested positive as well. Prince William contracted it in April 2020 and Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence, Princess Anne’s husband, tested positive in December 2021. Princess Michael of Kent contracted in November 2020. Queen Elizabeth is not the first monarch to be affected by a pandemic, as, before her, King Henry VI suffered from measles and smallpox, and her namesake Queen Elizabeth I contracted smallpox.

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wished a speedy recovery for the Queen and a “rapid return to vibrant good health”. Other messages from officials such as the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan also wished the Queen to have a swift recovery. The Queen’s unfortunate diagnosis came at a time when the country’s COVID restrictions were lifting up.

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