Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus
Today, March 25th, Prince Charles tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). According to a Clarence House spokesperson, the Prince of Wales is currently displaying mild symptoms, “but otherwise remains in good health.”
“The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire, where they met the criteria required for testing,” a statement from Clarence House read. “It is not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”
Both Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who tested negative for the virus, are self-isolating in their Scottish holiday home, Balmoral Castle.
Both are at a higher risk of developing dangerous symptoms of the virus due to their ages. Charles is 77 and Camilla is 72.
The BBC reports that Prince Charles last saw his mother, Queen Elizabeth II—who also falls into the high-risk age range at 93 years old—on March 12th. She is currently in “good health,” Buckingham Palace reported to the BBC, and she is “following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare.” Luckily, according to CNN World, Charles likely wasn’t contagious on March 12th.
The queen will reportedly air a televised speech about the threat of the coronavirus pandemic sometime in the near future, though a date has yet to be set.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip have moved from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle to self-isolate, and she’s taking her meetings via FaceTime. So, yes; one could say she is the true social-distancing queen.
There’s no doubt the Royal Family’s collective health will continue to be monitored over the days and weeks to come. The UK presently has about 8,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and, per the BBC, has suffered 427 deaths as of March 25th. Our thoughts are with the royal family—and everyone affected by COVID-19.
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