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Queen cancels virtual engagements after positive Covid test

The 95-year-old monarch is still suffering from mild cold-like symptoms, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said.

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has cancelled her planned virtual engagements and is still suffering from mild cold-like symptoms after a positive Covid-19 test over the weekend, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said in a statement over email.

She will continue with "light duties" on Tuesday, although the statement did not specify what those would be.  

On Sunday, the palace announced that the 95-year-old queen had tested positive for the virus and that she was experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms.”

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She is currently residing at Windsor Castle, located just west of London.

The queen recently marked 70 years on the throne, and official celebrations are planned for early June, including a large parade with soldiers, horses and musicians.

Elizabeth’s son Prince Charles also tested positive for a second time on Feb. 10 and his wife Camilla received a positive test several days later. 

Despite her illness, the queen’s household has continued to release traditional royal statements, including a message of condolence to the President of Brazil following flooding in the city of Petrópolis.