Queen Emerges From Her COVID Isolation

Monarch, 95, has first face-to-face meeting since last month's diagnosis
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2022 6:30 AM CST
Updated Mar 7, 2022 9:40 AM CST
Queen Has COVID at 95
Queen Elizabeth II speaks during an audience at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022.   (Steve Parsons, Pool via AP)

Update: Queen Elizabeth II has apparently weathered her bout with COVID just fine. The 95-year-old, who tested positive on Feb. 20, met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, which the BBC notes is her first face-to-face meeting since she contracted the virus. She had resumed virtual engagements about a week ago. Also of note: The queen was pictured with blue and yellow flowers on Monday, and they just happen to be the national colors of Ukraine. Our original story from Feb. 20 follows:

The queen has COVID, but her symptoms are mild, says Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth II, who is 95, tested positive and is experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms," the palace announced Sunday, reports the Guardian. So mild that she will not cancel what are described as "light duties" this week. “She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines," the palace said in a statement, per the AP.

Elizabeth has received three COVID vaccinations, though the BBC notes that she had been in contact with her son, Prince Charles, who recently tested positive himself, as did his wife, Camilla. Elizabeth this month celebrated her 70th year on the throne, making her the UK's longest reigning monarch. (The queen has settled on a future title for Camilla.)

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