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Queen Elizabeth II tests positive for covid, has ‘mild cold symptoms’, Buckingham Palace says

The Queen has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. The palace does not normally comment on private medical matters involving the monarch, but in an unusual move in January 2021, it confirmed she had received her first injection.

The positive test follows that of her son and daughter-in-law, Prince Charles and Camilla, who tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month.

The palace said the queen “will continue to receive medical attention and follow all appropriate guidelines”.

Minutes after the palace’s announcement, messages of support for the monarch poured in on social media. “Her Majesty The Queen’s commitment to our country continues to be unwavering,” tweeted London Mayor Sadiq Khan wished him a “speedy and safe recovery” from the virus.

A combination of health concerns and coronavirus restrictions has kept the Queen away from public engagements for the past five months.

The Queen was hospitalized overnight in October for what Buckingham Palace said were “preliminary inquiries”. Thereafter, the palace reported, doctors advised him to rest and only undertake “light duties”.

Since then, she has missed high-profile events due to health issues, including a Remembrance Sunday service to honor the country’s war dead, a staple of the royal calendar.

The palace said she sprained her back in November. She continued to meet with ambassadors and dignitaries, but these meetings mostly took place via teleconference. In the latest video clips and photographs, taken at Windsor Castle and Sandringham Estate, the Queen was shown walking with the aid of a cane.

In recent weeks, as the number of new infections in Britain has fallen sharply, Elizabeth has started to return to face-to-face hearings.

Jennifer Hassan contributed to this report.

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