Queen Elizabeth latest: Monarch WILL speak with Boris Johnson & perform light duties this week after positive Covid test

THE QUEEN, who is triple vaccinated, has tested positive for Covid after suffering from mild cold like symptoms, palace officials say.

Her Majesty expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week, despite her diagnosis.

The news comes after the Queen had come into direct contact with Prince Charles during the same week he tested positive for the virus.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "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."

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Messages of support for Queen as she tests positive for Covid

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: "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."

    Health Secretary Sajid Javid wrote on Twitter: "Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a quick recovery."

    Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "Wishing Her Majesty a quick recovery. God save the Queen."

    Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries added: "Wishing Her Majesty a very swift and full recovery."

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: "On behalf of myself and the whole of UKLabour, wishing Her Majesty The Queen good health and a speedy recovery. Get well soon, Ma'am."

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: "The commitment Her Majesty the Queen has shown to our country continues to be unwavering. Wishing her a swift and safe recovery from Covid-19."

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Andrew's secret trips to visit the Queen

    A royal insider has claimed that Prince Andrew has been making secret visits to the Queen during the night to avoid being spotted by photographers.

    A royal insider has claimed the Duke of York has travelled repeatedly to Windsor Castle to speak to his mother.

    The royal source said that Prince Andrew has “apologised to the Queen” over the scandal.

    The source has also claimed: “Andrew has been very careful and is trying to keep out of sight.

    “He knows there are photographers in the daytime and his best chance to avoid them is after dark.

    “He knows he is meant to be keeping his head down and it’s a short trip, but he is extremely contrite and apologised to the Queen for all the trouble he has caused her.

    “He realises how serious this whole issue has been and the damage it has done to the monarchy.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Kate 'knows her place in Royal Family'

    A body language suggests that Kate Middleton still behaves as "a woman who had married into the royal" family rather than a royal, despite marrying Prince William in 2011.

    Since then, the Duchess of Cambridge has blossomed into a confident member of The Firm, and one that is well trusted to represent the family.

    Body language expert Judi James spoke to The Express about the change royal fans have seen in Kate over the years.

    Judi claimed: “Kate’s non-verbal displays never suggested an assumption of status, power or even fame.

    “She never fell into the trap of acting as anything other than a woman who had married into the royal firm. 

    “Her signals of respect have always been obvious when she is with the Queen and other royals and even with the public, although her personal confidence does appear to have grown slowly and steadily, too.” 

  • Milica Cosic

    Andrew ‘has apologised to his mother & daughters'

    HUMILIATED Prince Andrew has said sorry to his mother the Queen as well as his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie in the wake of his settlement with Virginia Roberts.

    The Sun on Sunday has revealed Andrew has made the five-mile journey from his home at the Royal Lodge home to Windsor Castle every evening to speak to the Queen, 95, since the announcement of his settlement with sex crime accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

    He has also apologised to his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie over the scandal.

    "Andrew has been very careful and is trying to keep out of sight," a royal insider said.

    "He knows there are photographers in the daytime and his best chance to avoid them is after dark."

    The insider went on: "He knows he is meant to be keeping his head down and it's a short trip, but he is extremely contrite and apologised to the Queen for all the trouble he has caused her.

    "He realises how serious this whole issue has been and the damage it has done to the monarchy.

    The last thing he wanted to do was cause his beloved mother so much anguish at her age and in her Platinum Jubilee year.

    "He is just so grateful for her support and it's certainly true that the Queen has a soft spot for Andrew and regards him as her favourite son."

  • Milica Cosic

    Andrew 'could make his own Megxit-style move'

    A royal expert has claimed that Prince Andrew could make his own Megxit-style move to USA and model himself on Harry. Expert Ingrid Seward explains:

    Since the duke was stripped of his royal titles and patronages, he has likened his own situation to that of his nephew Prince Harry.

    It is possible Andrew could even attempt to reinvent himself as a supporter of abused women and appear on TV chat shows in the States.

    Like Harry, in order to do this, he would probably need to move to America.

    He certainly wouldn’t take such a leap until things have settled down with the FBI’s investigations into Epstein.

    He’s also unlikely to move while his beloved mother is still on the throne.

    Read more here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen celebrates as exciting horse prospect wins

    In a huge morale boost as she battles Covid-19, the Queen celebrated a win after one of her exciting horses romped home.

    The monarch will have been boosted after odds-on favourite Kincardine stormed home in the 2m and half furlong maiden hurdle at Newbury.

    The Nicky Henderson trained horse made all the running at odds of 4-6 to win by around four-and-a-half lengths.

    Henderson told the Racing Post: "I hope the winner puts a smile on Her Majesty's face and I do hope she's not feeling too bad.

    "We're all sad to hear Her Majesty has Covid. I don't know if that's Covid medicine but I hope it is.

    "I believe Kincardine has a bright future and he should make a nice chaser in a year's time."

  • Milica Cosic

    Explained: What happens if The Queen's too ill to carry out duties

    According to Buckingham Palace, if The Queen needs to suspend her official duties because of illness or if she is abroad, two or more counsellors of state can act on her behalf.

    These counselors include the sovereign’s spouse and the next four people in the line of succession, who are appointed when they turn 21.

    The four counselors are currently Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince William and Prince Harry.

    But royal experts say that among them, only Prince Charles and Prince William are likely to take up some responsibilities.

    Peter Hunt, a formal royal correspondent for the BBC, wrote on Twitter that the “public won’t stomach Prince Andrew stepping up.”

    And Prince Harry is not in Britain, having moved his family to California.

  • Milica Cosic

    The Queen vows to carry on working with Covid

    Her Majesty will continue with ‘light duties’ as Buckingham Palace says confirmed she had tested positive for Covid on Sunday morning, but has ‘mild, cold-like’ symptoms’.

    The Queen has vowed to carry on working while suffering with Covid, and intends to be at her desk to continue her ‘light duties’, but is not expecting senior members of her family to change their plans despite her diagnosis.

    A spokesman for Buckingham Palace on Sunday 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.”

    Hours after the announcement, the Queen sent a message of congratulations to Team GB’s curling teams following their success at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

    She is also hoping to undertake virtual engagements on videocall this week and conduct the Prime Minister’s audience over the telephone.

    However, she will cancel at least one in-person meeting this week in order to avoid passing the virus to anyone else.

  • Milica Cosic

    Kate to take a trip to Copenhagen this week

    Kate Middleton will take her first solo overseas tour since 2019 to promote her work.

    In a post on Twitter, Kensington Royal wrote: "The Duchess of Cambridge will take her first overseas tour since 2019 to promote her work on early childhood education".

    During the visit, the Duchess of Cambridge "will spend time learning about how Denmark has created an enabling culture for early childhood development."

    While in Denmark, the Duchess will also meet with Queen Margrethe II to celebrate her golden jubilee, as she enters her 50th year on the throne.

    Kate is expected to be in Denmark from February 22 to the 23.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen rocked by Covid as family left 'concerned'

    The QUEEN has tested positive for COVID-19 – which has "no doubt" left Prince Charles and the Royal Family "concerned", a commentator has said.

    Royal biographer Robert Jobson, author of 'William: The Making of a Modern Monarch', told the Mirror: "There is no doubt The Prince of Wales and his family will be concerned by this development and won’t be complacent."

  • Louis Allwood

    Is the Queen vaccinated against Covid-19?

    Her Majesty is understood to be triple vaccinated.

    She received her first jab more than a year ago, according to Buckingham Palace.

    A royal source said it was administered in January, 2021 by a household doctor at Windsor Castle.

    In a chat to chiefs overseeing the vaccine rollout, she said of her injection: “It was very quick, and I’ve had lots of letters from people who’ve been surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine.”

    Two months later, the Queen joined millions of other Brits in receiving her second Covid jab.

    She was given the shot ahead of her first public appearance in five months in March, 2021.

    A source said at the time: “Given the Queen has decided to make a public appearance so close to 12 weeks after the announcement of receiving her first vaccine it is clear she has already had her second."

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate Middleton’s hilarious comeback after being mistaken for Prince William’s assistant

    WHEN she’s out and about performing royal duties, Kate Middleton always looks the part of the poised and proper Duchess.

    That said, the mum-of-three is also known for her cheeky sense of humour and is always willing to tease her husband in public when the opportunity arises.

    In August last year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were touring Cardiff when they paid a visit to the Shire Hall Care Home – after they played bingo with residents via video link in lockdown.

    During their visit, the couple got talking to 87-year-old Joan Drew-Smith.

    At one point, the pensioner turned to Prince William and asked: “Is this your assistant?”

    Finding the whole thing hilarious, the Duchess thought she’d join in on the joke and confirmed that she is William’s PA of sorts.

    She laughed to her husband: “Well, I am your assistant. I have been for a long time!”

    What’s more, Joan had no problem telling the couple that their bingo skills were a bit lacklustre and even told the press the game “wasn’t as good as it could have been”.

  • Louis Allwood

    Rishi Sunak sends best wishes

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak retweeted a statement from Buckingham Palace confirming the Queen has tested positive for Covid-19 as he wished her well. He wrote: "Wishing Her Majesty a speedy recovery."

    Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting tweeted: "On behalf of all of us in Ilford North, I send my very best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen for a speedy recovery from Covid."

  • Louis Allwood

    Piers Morgan wishes The Queen a ‘full and speedy recovery’

    PIERS Morgan wished The Queen a "full and speedy recovery" after Her Majesty's Covid diagnosis.

    The Sun columnist, 56, said having the virus is a worrying time for any 95-year-old person.

    He tweeted: "Wishing Her Majesty, The Queen a full & speedy recovery from COVID-19.

    "Worrying for any 95-year-old person to catch this virus, and a very worrying time for Britain when it's our Monarch.

    "Good luck, Ma'am."

    He attached a picture of the Queen speaking during an audience where she met the incoming and outgoing Defence Service Secretaries at Windsor Castle this week.

  • Louis Allwood

    Which vaccine did The Queen get?

    Officials at Buckingham Palace haven't disclose which vaccines the Queen received.

    Although not confirmed, it is believed that her initial dose was made by Oxford-AstraZeneca.

    She previously praised the UK's vaccine rollout, calling it "remarkable".

    The Queen said: “Once you’ve had the vaccine, you have a feeling of, you know, you’re protected, which is I think very important.

    “I think it is remarkable how quickly the whole thing has been done and so many people have had the vaccine already.”

    It remains unclear which of the COVID-19 vaccines the Queen received for her other two jabs.

  • Louis Allwood

    The Queen congratulates the women's curling team

    Following Team GB's curling success today the Queen has sent a message of congratulations.

    The official Royal Family Twitter account tweeted "The Queen has sent a message of congratulations to @TeamGB's curling teams following their success at #Beijing2022"

    The message read "I send my warmest congratulations to the Team GB Women's Curling team on your outstanding performance in winning the Gold Medal at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, following the Silver Medal achieved by the Men's Curling team yesterday.

    "I know that your local communities and people throughout the United Kingdom will join me in sending our good wishes to you, your coaches and the friends and family who have supported you in the great success."

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen Elizabeth latest news

    • Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid and Keir Starmer have wished the monarch well after she tested positive for Covid
    • Her Majesty carried out three engagements – one in person – this week
    • She told two military chiefs she "couldn't move" at a meeting in Windsor Castle – although it's thought she was feeling a little stiff, rather than being injured or unwell
    • During the audience, she was heard saying cheerily: "I'm here! Good morning"
    • Elsewhere, son Andrew has reportedly been making night-time visits to see his mother after settling his US civil sex abuse lawsuit
    • And she didn't publicly wish the Duke a happy birthday as he turned 62

    The Queen held a meeting over videolink on Tuesday

    Her Majesty appeared over videolink from Windsor, where she is in residence, on Tuesday, February 15.

    She wore a floral dress as she received the ambassadors of Estonia and Spain during virtual meetings.

    The monarch, seated in her Oak Room sitting room, has spent most of the pandemic at Windsor.

    She formed part of "HMS Bubble" – the nickname given to her reduced household of dedicated staff – during the lockdown.

    Tuesday was the first time the Queen has been photographed, albeit on a screen, since she reached her historic Platinum Jubilee milestone.

    On that date, she endorsed her daughter-in-law Camilla to be known as Queen when Charles becomes King.

    A "number of cases" have been diagnosed in workers based at the castle

    Sources say coronavirus has swept through staff at Windsor in recent days.

    Royal insiders revealed a "number of cases" have been diagnosed in workers based at the castle.

    It is understood the Queen, who is just two months away from her 96th birthday, is tested every day by royal doctors.

    Her medics will be on hand to take care of and monitor her, with Professor Sir Huw Thomas, head of the Medical Household, expected to be in charge.

    Gary Lineker among many to share best wishes

    BBC's Gary Lineker also wished Her Maj a "speedy a full recovery".

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a speedy recovery from Covid-19."

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan praised the "commitment Her Majesty the Queen has shown to our country" as he wished a swift and safe recovery.

    The Queen is expected to remain at Windsor Castle

    The Queen is expected to remain at Windsor Castle while she recovers from coronavirus.

    Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "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."

    It comes just a few weeks after the nation's longest-reigning monarch reached her historic Platinum Jubilee of 70 years on the throne on February 6.

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      Face-to-face audience on Wednesday

      On Wednesday, February 16, the Queen met with incoming Defence Services Secretary Major General Eldon Millar, as well as his predecessor Rear Admiral James Macleod, at Windsor Castle.

      During the engagement, she used a walking stick and said she "couldn't move" well – although it's thought she was feeling a little stiff, rather than being injured or unwell.

      During the audience, she was heard saying cheerily: "I'm here!

      "I thought you might have just stayed in there for ages. Good morning."

      Asked how she is, the Queen, pointing to her left leg or foot, responded: "Well, as you can see, I can't move."

      The trio then discussed the monarch's dorgi Candy, with the military man saying: "I notice you've got Candy keeping guard.

      "As we came down the corridor, she wasn't going to let us get anywhere near you."

      Maj General Millar added: "She gave a little growl as we came in."

      The Queen said: "Oh, really? She doesn't normally growl."

      "She obviously can see through us," Rear Admiral Mcleod joked.

    • Louis Allwood

      Boris Johnson wishes the Queen a 'swift recovery'

      Boris Johnson has taken to Twitter to wish the Queen a 'swift recovery' after it was confirmed Her Majesty has tested positive for Covid.

      The Prime Minister said: "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."

    • Louis Allwood

      The the nation's longest-reigning monarch recently reached her historic Platinum Jubilee

      The Queen's positive result comes just a few weeks after the nation's longest-reigning monarch reached her historic Platinum Jubilee of 70 years on the throne on February 6.

      The Queen is understood to be triple vaccinated but she had been on doctors' order to rest since mid October, after cancelling a run of engagements and spending a night in hospital undergoing preliminary tests.

      She is believed to have spent time with Charles on February 8, when he hosted an investiture at her Windsor Castle home. He tested positive for Covid a few days later but has since recovered.

      The Duchess of Cornwall has also tested positive for Covid, with Clarence House confirming on February 14 that Camilla was self isolating.

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      The Queen will continue with "light duties"

      The monarch will continue with "light duties" in the coming days, the Palace says.

      Her aides will be keeping her schedule light before a series of outings in March.

      Officials are keen she will not be rushed and “lessons have been learned” since her punishing 19 jobs in as many days last October, which led to her resting on doctors’ orders.

      The Royal Household has its own physicians to care for the Queen in the days to come.

      Her doctors will be on hand to take care of and monitor her, with Professor Sir Huw Thomas, head of the Medical Household, expected to be in charge.

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