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- There are no credible reports Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for COVID-19.
- Buckingham Palace recently said she remains in good health.
Prince Charles tested positive for COVID-19, but there is no indication that his mother, the queen, did, too.
A March 28 post on a website called Gossip Blend claims otherwise.
"Earlier today it was rumoured that Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for the novel coronavirus while many UK media outlets have kept silent," the post says. "In a new press release, the Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen of the United Kingdom has indeed tested positive."
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So far, the news out of Buckingham Palace is good. On March 27, a palace spokesman said the 93-year-old British monarch remains in good health. She was then at Windsor Castle with her husband, 98-year-old Prince Philip and "a small number of staff," Reuters reported.
And as for Prince Charles, he announced on April 1 that he experienced mild symptoms and is "on the other side" of his illness.
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The Guardian, ‘Better times to come’: Prince Charles addresses Britons after Covid-19 self-isolation, April 1, 2020
Gossip Blend, Queen Elizabeth tests positive for Covid-19, goes into self-isolation, March 28, 2020.
Reuters, UK’s Queen Elizabeth last saw PM Johnson on March 11, is in good health, March 27, 2020
USA Today, Prince Charles addresses coronavirus diangosis, says he’s ‘on the other side of the illness,’ April 1, 2020
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