After a few busy weeks of work around the UK, Queen Consort Camilla has canceled a series of planned engagements in the West Midlands set for Tuesday. The queen consort was due to visit a number of sites, including Elmhurst Ballet School in Edgbaston, Birmingham, but Buckingham Palace announced Monday that she is “suffering from a seasonal illness” and would not be able to attend. Later, they announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19 in a statement.
“After suffering the symptoms of a cold, Her Majesty The Queen Consort has tested positive for the Covid virus,” it read, per People. “With regret, she has therefore cancelled all her public engagements for this week and sends her sincere apologies to those who had been due to attend them.”
She originally had a busy schedule of events planned for the week, including a Clarence House reception for her book club on Wednesday with King Charles III, and a visit to Milton Keynes, which recently was given city status. Last February, Camilla tested positive COVID-19, one week after Charles announced that he had contracted the illness and soon before the last queen also tested positive.
Camilla’s last public appearance was last Thursday, when she visited the STORM Centre, a support network for survivors of domestic violence. In an impromptu speech, she said she felt “very privileged and honored” to make the visit. The day before, she and Charles visited London’s historic Brick Lane neighborhood to honor the local Bangladeshi community and meet anti-racist activists who were part of the protest movement in the 1960s and 1970s. They also visited a mosque and went home with a takeout order of curry.
Last week, Charles met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss the ongoing war in Ukraine. “We’ve all been worried about you and thinking about your country for so long, I can’t tell you,” Charles said. During the meeting, a new portrait of Camilla and Charles taken during their state dinner with representatives from South Africa was spotted on a table in Buckingham Palace.
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