UK’s Prince Charles tests positive for COVID, had met Queen Elizabeth recently

Britain’s Prince Charles speaks at a reception to celebrate the British Asian Trust, at The British Museum, in London, Britain, February 9, 2022. Tristan Fewings/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Prince Charles, who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time, recently met his mother Queen Elizabeth, but the 95-year-old British monarch is not displaying any symptoms, a palace source said on Thursday.

Charles, 73, the heir to the throne, pulled out of an event in the southwestern English town of Winchester that was being held to mark the 70th anniversary of Elizabeth becoming queen.

“This morning The Prince of Wales has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating,” his office, Clarence House, said in a statement on Twitter.

There was no immediate comment on his condition but a Buckingham Palace source confirmed he had recently met his mother. The monarch was not displaying any symptoms, but the situation was being monitored, the source said.

The queen confirmed in early 2021 she had received her first COVID vaccine dose, encouraging others to also have the shot, but the palace has declined to confirm whether she has received subsequent shots, saying it does not comment on private medical matters.

Charles confirmed in December that both he and his wife, Camilla, had received their booster shots. He had been at Windsor Castle, the queen’s home to the west of London where she is currently staying, on Tuesday to hand out honours.

The health of the queen, the world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch, has been in the spotlight since she spent a night in hospital last October for an unspecified ailment and then was advised by her doctors to rest.

On Monday, a day after she celebrated seven decades on the throne, a Palace source said she was intending to return to normal duties, with a number of public appearances planned for next month.

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