Despite her diagnosis of COVID-19, Queen Elizabeth II is still performing her royal duties in a promising sign that her symptoms may not be too serious.
The monarch tested positive to the virus over a week after she was in contact with Prince Charles, who contracted Covid for the second time.
Buckingham Palace released a statement confirming Her Majesty’s diagnosis over the weekend, noting she was experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms” so far.
“Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week,” the statement read.
“She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines.”
Soon after the statement was released, Buckingham Palace also said the Queen had signed a personal message congratulating Team GB’s men’s and women’s Curling teams, after they claimed silver and gold respectively at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
“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,” the Queen said.
“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 your great success.”
According to ITV, several members of the Windsor Castle team have also been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The 95-year-old monarch met with her son on February 8, two days before it was announced that he tested positive to the virus.
At the time, Buckingham Palace declined to confirm whether the Queen had tested positive or negative.
She went on to hold various engagements, including a face-to-face audience with UK Defence Services Secretary Major General Eldon Millar and his predecessor where she appeared stiff on her feet and said she “can’t move”.
The Queen is understood to be triple vaccinated and under the care of the Royal Household’s medical team, including Professor Sir Huw Thomas, head of the Medical Household and Physician to the Queen.
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.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 20, 2022
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to Twitter to wish for the Queen’s swift recovery, writing: “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.”
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This article first appeared on OverSixty.