Queen Elizabeth Resumes Duties Nine Days After Catching Covid
The Queen’s recovery from Covid appears to be progressing nine days after she caught the virus, as she held two virtual audiences at her Windsor Castle home today.
The 95-year-old head of state felt well enough to speak to foreign diplomats after postponing similar virtual engagements on two days of last week following her positive test for coronavirus on February 20.
Buckingham Palace said at the time of her positive test that she was experiencing ‘mild cold like symptoms’, but she was able to continue with ‘light duties’ throughout the period while she was unwell.
Today, the Queen received His Excellency Mr Carles Jordana Madero, who presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Principality of Andorra ambassador to the Court of St James’s.
The monarch 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 this morning.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said it was ‘splendid news that indicates she has recovered from Covid’. Another royal expert, Phil Dampier, tweeted that the Queen was ‘seemingly a lot better’, adding: ‘What a woman.’
It comes after the Daily Mail revealed today that the Queen had enjoyed an afternoon with some of her nearest and dearest over the weekend as she continued her remarkable recovery from Covid.
The 95-year-old monarch went to Frogmore on her Windsor Estate on Sunday, where younger members of her family had gathered to meet her for the first time since her diagnosis.
They included Princess Beatrice, her baby daughter Sienna and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, who were all making the most of the unseasonably glorious sunshine.
When in better health, the Queen often drives to Frogmore, which is about a mile from Windsor Castle, to walk her dogs.
But following a spate of issues and her recent diagnosis with Covid-19, she has not been such a frequent visitor of late.
It is believed that Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their year-old son August, who live at Frogmore Cottage, were not at home on Sunday.
The Queen is said to be making a ‘good recovery’ from her bout of coronavirus following an outbreak of cases at Windsor.
Last week she was forced to cancel a number of online engagements while in isolation. But sources said there was no cause for alarm, explaining her reluctance to appear on camera was due to sounding rather hoarse as a result of the virus.
William and Kate’s presence was intriguing – coming the day after the Mail revealed that their plans for a new family life in the Home Counties were moving forwards swiftly.
The couple are advanced in their decision for a new Berkshire prep school for their eldest son Prince George, eight.
And they have been looking at new family homes on the Windsor Estate, although well-placed sources have said that the castle itself has been earmarked for the couple one day.
Source: Daily Mail