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Queen Elizabeth II tests POSITIVE for COVID-19

Queen Elizabeth II Visits The East Midlands
Queen Elizabeth II Visits The East Midlands / Chris Jackson/GettyImages

Queen Elizabeth II, 95, has contracted the coronavirus, Buckingham Palace announced Feb. 20. Earlier this month, the monarch had met with her son, Prince Charles, and other guests at her home.

he news about the 95-year-old U.K. monarch was announced Sunday, Feb. 20. "Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week," the statement said. "She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines."

News of her ailment comes two weeks after the Queen, the world's longest-reigning monarch, marked the 70th anniversary of her accession to the British throne, and months after she was briefly hospitalized for an undisclosed ailment. BBC News reported that it is understood that a number of people have tested positive at Windsor Castle, where the Queen, who is fully vaccinated, has lived and worked since the start of the pandemic, and where she met her son and heir  and other guests this month.

The Prince of Wales had visited his mother Feb. 8, a royal source told BBC News. On Feb. 10, Clarence House announced that Charles tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time, and on Feb. 14, it was revealed his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, had also contracted the virus.