Her Majesty the Queen has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now isolating at Windsor Castle.
The news came just days after Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, reported a positive test.
Thankfully, the Queen is only tackling ‘mild cold symptoms’, according to the palace. And our stalwart monarch is ‘determined to carry on’ doing light duties despite being struck with the illness.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines.”
But who’s looking after our monarch and making sure she makes a speedy recovery?
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To set her on the path to a speedy recovery, the Queen has her own dedicated doctor.
Professor Sir Huw Thomas is Head of the Medical Household and Physician to the Queen.
It’s a role he’s held since 2014 – so he’ll be well aware of how to keep our monarch in tip-top health.
But that’s not his only job. He’s also a professor of gastrointestinal genetics at Imperial College London's department of surgery and cancer.
Professor Sir Huw had the great honour of being knighted in 2021 and invested with the Insignia of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
It’s quite the title, and it’s thought that our 95-year-old Queen wanted to give her thanks to him personally for his dedicated care of herself and the Royal Family.
Professor Sir Huw was delighted by the knighthood. Speaking at Imperial College London at the time, he said: “It’s been a busy couple of years in this role, so I feel very grateful to have been recognised for my service to date.”
He also revealed how close he had become with The Firm during his time in the role.
“You very much become part of that organisation and become the personal doctor to the principal people in it, who are patients just like other patients.
“With the pandemic, the key priority of the Medical Household is trying to make sure that the people under its care are kept safe.”
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The Queen had her first Covid vaccine in January 2021 and her second jab in March. It’s thought that she had her booster jab in October, which should keep serious symptoms at bay.
She’s been in good spirits this year, but caused worry when she admitted to feeling frail while clutching her walking stick.
While speaking in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle, Her Majesty told incoming Defence Services Secretary Major General Eldon Millar and his predecessor Rear Admiral James Macleod: “As you can see, I can't move.”
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