Queen Elizabeth Tested Positive For COVID-19, But Death Rumour Untrue – Sources
Britain’s 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth II who tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, a fortnight after marking 70 years on the throne, is alive.
A rumor claiming that the Queen had died went viral on social media on Tuesday night, even when aides said her COVID-19 symptoms were “mild”.
Sources quoted a parliamentary official as saying that there was no truth to the report that she has died.
The rumours emerged on Tuesday night when Hollywood Unlocked, a celebrity news outlet with a large following on Instagram and YouTube, reported that the monarch had been found dead. The outlet’s founder, Jason Lee, also reported it.
The news of the Queen contracting COVID-19 came at a stressful time of scandal for the royal family and after Prince Charles, the queen’s eldest son and heir, tested positive on February 10, two days after meeting his mother at Windsor Castle.
No information was given then on whether Queen Elizabeth had taken any COVID tests herself.
She was said to have resumed in-person audiences at the castle last week, but complained to one attendee of suffering from stiffness and was photographed holding a walking stick.
“Buckingham Palace confirm that the queen has today tested positive for Covid,” a statement from the palace said on Sunday.
The statement had added that “Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week,” it said.
“She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines.”
While normally secretive about the queen’s health, the palace has previously confirmed she is triple-vaccinated against Covid-19, including a booster.
The Covid scare comes with the royal family mired in scandals.
The queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, settled a sexual assault civil lawsuit in the United States last week, reportedly for £12 million ($16.3 million, 14.3 million euros) — which newspapers claim she will partly fund.
Elizabeth II is the queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and 11 other Commonwealth nations. She is the longest-reigning monarch in British history with a reign of more than 70 years. She was married to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99.