Queen Consort Camilla cancels ‘all her public engagements’ after falling ill

Feb 14, 2023
Buckingham Palace has revealed that Queen Consort Camilla will forgo all upcoming public engagements for the week after she became ill. Source: Getty Images.

Buckingham Palace has announced that Queen Consort Camilla will forgo all upcoming public engagements for the week after she became ill and tested positive for Covid-19.

Camilla is reportedly suffering from cold symptoms but remains in good spirits, it is the second time the Queen Consort has contracted the virus.

After pulling out of a planned engagement at the West Midlands on Tuesday, February 14, Buckingham Palace issued a statement regarding the state of the Queen Consort’s health.

“After suffering the symptoms of a cold, Her Majesty The Queen Consort has tested positive for the Covid virus,” the statement read.

“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.”

It is the second time Camilla has tested positive for Covid-19 after she contracted the virus in 2022, also in February.

At the time a spokesperson for Clarence House announced, “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating … We continue to follow government guidelines.”

Although Camilla has been forced to cancel her upcoming engagements, one engagement she is no doubt eagerly awaiting and committed to attending is King Charles III‘s upcoming coronation.

Camilla is set to be crowned alongside her husband, King Charles, in a joint ceremony on May 6.

Royal fans were no doubt delighted to learn that in addition to the ceremony the celebration will include two days of festive fun and community-based initiatives.

“Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort hope the Coronation Weekend will provide an opportunity to spend time and celebrate with friends, families and communities across the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth,” the Palace said in a statement.

“Their Majesties are looking forward to marking the occasion with the public throughout 2023.”

The historic weekend will kick start its festivities following Charles and Camilla’s coronation at Westminster Abbey, where the Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct the service.

According to the DailyMail, Charles’ coronation will be “more religiously and culturally diverse.” Unlike the late Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953, Charles has planned a more scaled-back ceremony, lasting only one hour and welcoming only 2,000 guests.

The Palace had previously stated that this year’s coronation will “reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future” but will still be “rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry”.

Following the service, the newly crowned monarch will be joined by other members of the Royal Family for a procession back to Buckingham Palace where they will make their appearance on the iconic Palace balcony.

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