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Camilla tests positive for Covid after suffering from cold symptoms, Palace confirms

The Queen Consort has tested positive for Covid after suffering from cold symptoms, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

It comes after earlier reports Camilla was forced to postpone a visit to the West Midlands after contracting a “seasonal illness”. The royal previously tested positive for the virus last February.

She was due to visit Elmhurst Ballet School in Edgbaston, Birmingham, on Tuesday, to celebrate its centenary, and later that day a library in Telford to thank staff and representatives from outreach and voluntary groups for their contribution to the community.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “After suffering the symptoms of a cold, Her Majesty The Queen Consort has tested positive for the Covid virus.

“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.”

Camilla had a busy week of events ahead of her and the spokesman initially said she hoped to be feeling well enough to undertake an engagement on Wednesday.

The Queen Consort caught Covid early last year and had to cancel her appearance at a number of events in the aftermath of the illness.

The Princess Royal deputised for Camilla at the Cheltenham festival last March, as she was pacing herself after overcoming the virus. She also missed a Commonwealth event.

On Wednesday, Camilla, joined by the King, is due to host a Clarence House reception to celebrate the second anniversary of her online book club The Reading Room with authors and members of literacy charities.

The following day Charles and Camilla are scheduled to attend a reception at Milton Keynes to celebrate the metropolis being awarded city status as part of the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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