Queen COVID latest—monarch postpones virtual audiences second time in a week as health concerns grow

Concerns grow for Her Majesty as she postpones virtual audiences for the second time since her diagnosis with COVID-19

Queen Elizabeth II leaves Sandringham House after a reception with representatives from local community groups to celebrate the start of the Platinum Jubilee, on February 5, 2022 in King's Lynn, England. The Queen came to the throne 70 years ago this Sunday when, on February 6 1952, the ailing King George VI , who had lung cancer, died at Sandringham in the early hours.
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The Queen's COVID-19 recovery continues as Buckingham Palace has announced she's postponing her virtual engagements for the second time in a week.

After news broke that the Queen has COVID-19, fans immediately had grave concerns. Following the diagnosis, world leaders sent heartfelt messages to the Queen—wishing her a fast and full recovery.

Initially, Buckingham Palace claimed that she would, "continue light duties at Windsor." Since then, however, the Queen missed an important meeting with the Prime Minister owing to symptoms caused by the virus. 

However, following an announcement from Palace officials, it's now been revealed that she's to miss a second set of engagements.

An official statement read, "The two virtual audiences that had previously been scheduled to take place today will now be rescheduled for a later date. Her Majesty is continuing with light duties. No other engagements are scheduled for this week."

Despite her malaise, Her Majesty issued a statement in support of Great Britain at the Winter Olympics 2022. Her message, following the gold medal win of the women's curling team, received countless comments from loyal fans who are concerned for her well-being.

The second in line to the throne, the Prince of Wales has stepped out for his second royal engagement since recovering from COVID-19 for the second time. Shortly after his diagnosis, Duchess Camilla tested positive for the virus and entered a period of self-isolation.

Although the monarch hasn't spoken out directly from Windsor Castle, according to officials she's only suffering 'mild, cold-like' symptoms. In light of this reassuring news, many maintain hope for a speedy recovery.

Aoife Hanna
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