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Queen Consort Camilla diagnosed with COVID-19 — again

By Sarah May on
 February 14, 2023

News emerged from Great Britain this week that Queen Consort Camilla tested positive for COVID-19, the second instance in which the 75-year-old wife of King Charles III has received such a diagnosis, according to The Hill.

The news comes almost exactly a year after she experienced her first bout with the virus, as People noted.

Queen Consort tests positive

It was on Monday that Buckingham Palace initially announced that Camilla was in the throes of a “seasonal illness,” according to the BBC.

Later, however, it was disclosed that she had in fact tested positive for the coronavirus and was “suffering the symptoms of a cold.”

As a result of her positive test and attendant symptoms, the statement said, the Queen Consort “[w]ith regret” had “cancelled all her public engagements for this week.”

The palace added that Camilla wished to send “her sincere apologies to those who had been due to attend” her scheduled appearances.

Engagements scuttled

Camilla was slated to visit multiple destinations in the country's West Midlands region before her positive COVID-19 test threw a wrench into her plans, as the BBC further noted.

Specifically, the Queen Consort was poised to stop at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham to help the institution celebrate its centenary.

After that, she was set to venture to Telford, Shropshire for a stop at a library where she was to express gratitude to volunteer and outreach groups for the work they do in the local community.

Though all involved were said to have been disappointed by the unfortunate developments, the Palace indicated that new dates for the planned visits could be identified in the near future.

Busy months ahead

Though there is never a good time to contract COVID-19, perhaps Camilla's positive test will give her a reprieve from a repeat diagnosis, at least until the events surrounding her husband's historic coronation are concluded in May.

According to the U.K. Express, the Queen Consort is expected to play a “central” role in the proceedings and will have a crowning ceremony of her own.

That Camilla will reportedly be front and center throughout the coronation marks a dramatic change from what was anticipated up until quite recently.

Quoting Royal historian Kate Williams, the Express noted, “Five years ago or so the official line of the palace would be that she wouldn't be crowned, but now it's been made very clear that she will have a central role in the proceedings, and this will be going right back to the coronation in 1937 of George VI and the Queen Mother... . It's clear Charles wants it to be a joint coronation.”

Harry or not?

Whether King Charles likes it or not, at least some of the attention during his long-awaited coronation will almost certainly center around the presence – or absence – of his second son, Prince Harry, and his American wife, Meghan Markle.

The duo's attendance is in question in large part due to Harry's recent, highly controversial memoir, Spare, in which he lobbed a series of incendiary allegations of members of his family, including his brother, William, the Prince of Wales.

Though Harry has suggested that despite the estrangement that has ensued with family, he would like to achieve some sort of reconciliation, but only if the Royal Family offers a formal apology to himself and to Meghan.

Royal sources have posited that King Charles is under the impression that an absent Harry and Meghan would prove far more distracting than their appearance in London this spring, and as such, is keen to facilitate their attendance, but whether the two sides can indeed come to agreeable terms, only time will tell.