Queen 'remains in good health' and last saw Boris Johnson 16 days ago

Queen ‘remains in good health’ and last saw Boris Johnson 16 days ago, royal aides say as Prime Minister tests positive for coronavirus

  • Queen is said to be ‘following all appropriate advice with regards to her welfare’
  • She last saw the Prime Minister in person on March 11, Buckingham Palace says
  • They have had meetings by telephone since, including on Wednesday this week
  • 93-year-old monarch’s son Charles tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday
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The Queen remains in good health and last saw Boris Johnson 16 days ago, royal aides said today after the Prime Minister tested positive for coronavirus.

The 93-year-old monarch, whose son Prince Charles also has the infection, is said to be ‘following all the appropriate advice with regards to her welfare’.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘Her Majesty the Queen remains in good health. The Queen last saw the Prime Minister on March 11 and is following all the appropriate advice with regards to her welfare.’

Boris Johnson (left, at 10 Downing Street in London) and the Queen (right, at Windsor Castle) speak together on the phone during their weekly audience, on Wednesday

After the audience on March 11, their following meeting held on March 18 was conducted via telephone – as have their subsequent conversations.

Photographs released earlier this week showed Mr Johnson and the Queen speaking on the phone from 10 Downing Street and Windsor Castle respectively.

Prince Charles has been working at his desk ‘as usual’ despite testing positive for coronavirus on Tuesday. He is said to be suffering from only ‘mild’ symptoms.

He and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, who has tested positive, are living separately at Birkhall, their Scottish mansion, in self isolation.

The Prince became the highest profile coronavirus case in the country earlier this week, after Clarence House said he had tested positive for the virus.

The Queen welcomes Boris Johnson to Buckingham Palace in July last year after his election

Royal aides said he has received hundreds of get well soon messages since his diagnosis was released, a mixture of cards and digital messages.

It is understood that his doctors believe that it is unlikely to escalate into a more serious case.

Buckingham Palace have declined to comment on whether the Queen has been tested as the prince met her privately less than two weeks previously, on March 12.

Yesterday, the Queen thanked frontline NHS workers in a tribute posted on the Royal Family’s Instagram page.

The Queen and Prince Charles, who tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, leave after the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on Commonwealth Day on March 9

She said: ‘We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services.’

The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, also clapped after Edward paid tribute to workers.

He said: ‘So from all of us just a huge thank you to so many of you working on the frontline – you’re really appreciated keep up the fantastic work.’

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and their staff all separately joined in with a round of applause at Birkhall in Scotland.

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