Queen is seen for the first time since testing positive for Covid-19


The Queen’s appearance comes over a week after Buckingham Palace confirmed she has tested positive for Covid-19 but was experiencing mild symptoms and was isolating at Windsor Castle

The Queen appears on screen via a videolink during a virtual audience today
The Queen appears on screen via a videolink during a virtual audience today

The Queen has been seen for the first time since she tested positive for Covid-19.

Today, Her Majesty felt well enough to carry out two virtual engagements from Windsor Castle, holding audiences via videolink with two ambassadors.

She received His Excellency Mr Carles Jordana Madero, who presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as ambassador from the Principality of Andorra to the Court of St James’s.

The Queen also received His Excellency Mr Kedella Younous Hamidi, who presented his Letters of Credence as ambassador from the Republic of Chad to the Court of St James’s.

And although she could only be seen on screen, the Queen appeared to be wearing a vibrant green dress along with a pearl necklace.

The Queen on screen during a virtual audience with the Ambassador of Andorra, Carles Jordana Madero and Soraia Maria Valls Pinilla
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It comes over a week after Buckingham Palace confirmed Her Majesty had tested positive for the virus and was experiencing mild symptoms.

At the time, the Palace insisted the Queen, who is triple vaccinated, would be continuing light duties at her desk.

And just hours after testing positive, she signed off a message to the Team GB Men’s and Women’s Curling teams, following their success at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games and the next day issued a message of condolence to the Brazilian president over flooding in his country .

The Queen during a video call with the Ambassador of Chad, Kedella Younous Hamidi
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However, she did cancel two virtual audiences she was due to hold last week due to her symptoms – although last Wednesday she was well enough to hold her weekly audience with the Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the phone.

The Queen last carried out an in-person engagement at Windsor Castle almost two weeks ago, meeting the incoming Defense Services Secretary Major General Eldon Millar and his predecessor Rear Admiral James Macleod.

However many royal watchers were concerned when she was overheard saying she couldn’t move in footage from the engagement.

The monarch could be heard remarking loudly: “Oh. I’m here! I thought you might have just stayed in there for ages. Buenos dias.”

The Queen during her last in-person engagement almost two weeks ago
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Asked how she was, the smiling Queen, wearing a floral dress and holding a walking stick, pointed to her left leg or foot and responded: “Well as you can see I can’t move.”

Covid is the latest in a number of health issues for the Queen, but she was said to be feeling “much better” after a tough few months at the end of last year.

She was forced to spend the night in hospital in October after receiving treatment for an unexplained condition and pulled out of the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in central London due to a sprained back.

The Queen has a number of engagements in the diary for the end of this month
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However, she has a number of major engagements coming up in March.

She is due to attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 14 and then the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service, also at the Abbey, on March 29.

The Queen had also been down to attend a Diplomatic Reception at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, but this has now been postponed following advice from the Foreign Secretary.

Her Majesty was already being closely monitored for Covid after the heir to the throne Prince Charles caught the virus just days after he and his mother had been in close contact earlier this month.

At the time, Buckingham Palace refused to confirm whether the 95-year-old monarch had tested positive or negative, fueling fears for her health, but palace sources insisted she was not displaying symptoms of the virus at the time.

The Prince of Wales, 73, has now finished his period of self-isolation.

It was later revealed that his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, had also tested positive and was isolating.

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