Monarch cancels virtual appointments after Covid diagnosis — Analysis

The UK’s Queen Elizabeth II has canceled planned virtual appointments for Tuesday, according to Buckingham Palace, which explained the 95-year-old monarch was “Still experiencing mild symptoms resembling a cold” after testing positive for Covid-19 over the weekend.

The queen will, however, continue carrying out “light duties,” including reading and answering correspondence, the palace said. She is yet to decide if she will carry out her regular duties during the remainder of the week.

UK’s Queen Elizabeth has tested positive for Covid-19

This monarch was one of many European royalty to have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent times. Prince Charles, the monarch’s eldest son (and heir) was also diagnosed earlier in this month. He received news about his diagnosis shortly after having visited his mother. Camilla, Prince Charles’s wife, also tested positive for the virus a few more days later. A number of cases have also been diagnosed among the employees of the queen’s residence Windsor Castle, a royal source told CNN on Sunday.

While the palace has not yet provided details on subsequent vaccines, it has confirmed that at least one of her shots has been administered to the queen. According to the UK media, she was fully vaccinated. She also received a booster shot.

Just days before her diagnosis, the monarch announced she wants daughter-in-law Camilla to be referred to as a “Queen Consort” when Charles takes the throne. The announcement was unexpected, and it had previously not been clear what – if any – title Camilla would take upon her husband’s ascension to the top royal spot.

Only Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has occupied the throne over 70 years. Just a few days before her Platinum Jubilee, Camilla made the announcement.

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