The Queen was first revealed to have COVID-19 on February 20, shortly after her eldest son Prince Charles also tested positive for the virus.
At the time, a royal spokesperson said: “Buckingham Palace confirm that The Queen has today tested positive for COVID. Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week. She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines.”
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During the official opening of the Queen Elizabeth unit at the Royal London hospital, the Queen spoke with a former patient whose brother and father died from the virus.
Speaking openly about her time during the pandemic, the Queen said “Of course, not being able to see your relatives was very hard,” The Queen and her late husband Prince Phillip isolated at Windsor Castle away from the rest of the royal family.
While her symptoms may only have been mild during her illness, the Queen told patients at the hospital “It does leave one very tired and exhausted, doesn’t it? This horrible pandemic. It’s not a nice result.”
At the end of the call the Queen spoke with the construction workers, telling them: “It is very interesting, isn’t it, when there is some very vital thing, how everybody works together and pulls together – marvellous, isn’t it?”