Queen’s first public appearance since Covid scare raises doubts over monarch’s health

The Queen held two virtual audiences from Windsor Castle on Tuesday morning

Queen’s first appearance since Covid scare has fans worried
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The Queen's first public appearance since she was exposed to Covid-positive Prince Charles has left royal fans concerned, as Buckingham Palace refuses to confirm if the monarch is self-isolating. 

  • The Queen has made her first public appearance since the news that Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla have Covid-19 broke last week. 
  • Her Majesty was exposed to her eldest son at Windsor Castle just two days before he tested positive for the virus, but Buckingham Palace officials have refused to confirm her status. 
  • In other royal news, Kate Middleton's sister Pippa uses a fake name for this reason.

The Queen's return to work today has sparked alarm with royal fans, as speculation continues to grow over the 95-year-old monarch's Covid status. 

Her Majesty received two virtual audiences from Windsor Castle on Tuesday morning, marking her first official engagement since celebrating her Platinum Jubilee last week. The sovereign was photographed smiling as she greeted two incoming ambassadors from Estonia and Spain, both of whom attended the regal video meeting from Buckingham Palace. It's understood that she will continue to undertake more remote audiences throughout the week and carry on with her Red Box filing duties. 

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The Queen's appearance has left many of her followers desperate for an update on her health after it was confirmed that Prince Charles has Covid for a second time. 

The Prince of Wales met with his elderly mother at Windsor Castle on Tuesday, 8 February, just two days before his positive status was announced. Duchess Camilla has also caught the virus, despite initially testing negative. Clarence House has since revealed that the couple has canceled all forthcoming engagements and is now self-isolating. 

As for the Queen's Covid status, that remains more of a mystery.

Buckingham Palace officials have refused to confirm if the monarch has the virus, citing medical privacy as the reason behind the silence. They have, however, reassured the public that she has not shown any symptoms and is currently being closely monitored by her doctors. It is still unknown whether or not she is self-isolating. 

The Queen's health has been an ongoing source of anxiety in royal circles for months now, and this latest development hasn't done much to ease concerns. Her Majesty was forced to cancel multiple engagements in late 2021 after experiencing a bout of physical issues, none of which were detailed to the public. She was spotted using a cane on numerous occasions and even spent a night in hospital in October, prompting widespread worry from her followers. 

Royal fans have responded to her most recent appearance with a mixture of support for her committed royal service and skepticism over the state of her health in light of Charles and Camilla's Covid diagnosis. 

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The Queen's resumption of her work duties comes just a week after she confirmed that Camilla would become Queen Consort when Charles is crowned King. The news has brought an end to years of gossip over the Duchess' long-term future in the Royal Family, confirming that the 74-year-old will receive the lofty title once her husband ascends the throne. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.