Queen Gives Biggest Clue Yet Over Her COVID Status

Queen Elizabeth II has undertaken her first royal work since a COVID-19 scare just days earlier.

Prince Charles tested positive for the virus on February 10 and "did meet recently" with the Monarch, 95, a source told Newsweek later that day.

A palace insider confirmed the queen was not displaying symptoms but would not say whether she had taken a test or what they outcome was, citing medical privacy.

The move triggered confusion over whether Elizabeth had asymptomatic coronavirus or had, in fact, tested negative.

However, the queen went back to work on February 15, carrying out virtual meetings by video link from Windsor Castle.

While they were not in person get-togethers, it does suggest doctors are happy enough for the queen to be back at work after the scare the week before.

Buckingham Palace said: "Her Majesty The Queen today conducted two virtual Audiences via video link from Windsor Castle."

She spoke with Viljar Lubi, the new ambassador from the Republic of Estonia, and José Pascual Marco Martínez, the new Spanish ambassador to the U.K.

It has been common during the pandemic for the queen to welcome new ambassadors remotely rather than in person.

Prince Charles cancelled a visit to Winchester on Thursday, February 10, after testing positive that morning.

He spent the night before at a reception at the British Museum in London for the British Asian Trust, where he met U.K. Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, then tested positive, Clarence House announced on Monday, February 14.

A statement read: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating. We continue to follow government guidelines."

Both royals have been triple vaccinated.

This is Prince Charles second experience of COVID-19 after he tested positive in March 2020 in the early days of the pandemic.

And it struck at a time when the couple were celebrating after the queen declared her public support for Camilla being named Queen Consort when Charles is King.

The palace had said since their 2005 wedding that Camilla would instead get the title Princess Consort out of respect for Princess Diana.

However, after years of internal campaigning, Charles has now got his way with Camilla set to become his queen.

Elizabeth said in a Platinum Jubilee message on February 5: "I would like to express my thanks to you all for your support.

"I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me. And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service."

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles attend the 2019 Braemar Highland Games, in Scotland, on September 7, 2019. The queen met Charles shortly before his positive COVID diagnosis is not showing symptoms. Samir Hussein/WireImage