Queen Elizabeth II cancels virtual engagements over coldlike symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19

Queen Elizabeth II cancels virtual engagements over coldlike symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19
Queen Elizabeth II.Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Image
  • The Queen canceled virtual engagements on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19.
  • Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Sunday that she had mild, coldlike symptoms.

Queen Elizabeth II canceled virtual engagements on Tuesday because of coldlike symptoms after confirming that she tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, Sky News reported.

The news organization said the 95-year-old British monarch would halt her virtual engagements for the day but continue with light duties at Windsor Castle, citing a Tuesday statement from Buckingham Palace.

The statement said: "As Her Majesty is still experiencing mild cold like symptoms, she has decided not to undertake her planned virtual engagements today, but will continue with light duties," Sky News reported.

Buckingham Palace confirmed to Insider on Sunday that the Queen tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing mild symptoms.

"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," a palace spokesperson said.


"She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines," the statement continued.

The Queen's diagnosis on Sunday came over a week after Prince Charles, her eldest son and heir, confirmed he had tested positive. Charles met the Queen at Windsor Castle on February 8 and tested positive on February 10, reports said. Additionally, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, tested positive for the virus on February 14.

The Queen confirmed in February 2021 that she received her first dose of vaccine in January 2021, and she encouraged others to do the same after posting a clip from a video call with UK health officials to Twitter on February 25.

In the video, she said: "Once you've had the vaccine you have a feeling of, you know, you're protected, which is I think very important."

The Queen is believed to have had a total of three COVID-19 vaccinations. On Monday a palace spokesperson referred Insider to reports from the BBC and ITV, which said she had since had a full course of three doses, implying that they were accurate.


Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.