Queen hosts virtual audiences after recovering from Covid

Monarch, 95, felt well enough to speak to three foreign diplomats via video link nine days after catching virus

Amelia Hill

The Queen appears to have recovered well from Covid just nine days after she caught the virus, with the announcement that she hosted two virtual audiences with foreign ambassadors on Tuesday.

The 95-year-old monarch felt well enough to speak to three foreign diplomats via video link from her home in Windsor Castle after postponing a number of similar engagements last week.

She tested positive for coronavirus on 20 February following an outbreak of cases at Windsor, and was forced to cancel a number of online engagements while in isolation.

At the time, Buckingham Palace said she was experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms” but that she was able to continue with “light duties” throughout the period while she was unwell.

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.”

The Queen has been reported to have gone 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, with her baby daughter Sienna, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.


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