Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 81, and King Felipe VI of Spain, 54, both test positive for coronavirus, their royal houses announce
Queen of Denmark and King of Spain have both tested positive for coronavirus
Queen Margrethe, 81, has mild COVID-19 symptoms and has isolated herself
King Felipe was tested for virus after he developed ‘mild symptoms’ of COVID-19
Both Denmark’s Queen and Spain’s King are vaccinated against the coronavirus
By Jessica Green For Mailonline
Published: 15:48 GMT, 9 February 2022 | Updated: 16:01 GMT, 9 February 2022
The queen of Denmark and the king of Spain have both tested positive for the coronavirus, their respective royal houses announced Wednesday.
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, 81, has mild COVID-19 symptoms and has isolated herself in the Copenhagen palace where she lives, the palace said.
Vaccinated Margrethe tested positive for the virus on Tuesday evening and cancelled a planned vacation in Norway that was set to begin Wednesday, the royal household said.
Like Margrethe, Spain’s King Felipe VI was vaccinated against the coronavirus. The 54-year-old monarch was tested for the virus after he developed ‘mild symptoms’ of COVID-19, his royal house said.
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe (pictured), 81, has mild COVID-19 symptoms and has isolated herself in the Copenhagen palace where she lives, the palace said
Like Margrethe, Spain’s King Felipe VI (pictured) was vaccinated against the coronavirus. The 54-year-old monarch was tested for the virus after he developed ‘mild symptoms’ of COVID-19, his royal house said
The announcement from the Danish royal household came weeks after Margrethe marked her 50 years on the throne of Europe’s oldest ruling monarchy.
Some of the planned festivities were postponed until September due to the pandemic.
However, the queen participated in some jubilee events this month, including a wreath-laying at the grave of her parents at Roskilde Cathedral, where Danish royals have been buried since 1559.
Denmark’s Queen, who received a third dose of the vaccine in November, also met with the government and attended a reception at Parliament.
Meanwhile, the Spanish royal household said King Felipe’s ‘overall health’ was fine and he will remain in isolation for seven days, following national health protocols.
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe looks on, during the Folketing’s celebration of the Queen’s 50th Regent’s Anniversary at Christiansborg, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Friday, January 14, 2022
Queen Letizia of Spain, left, and King Felipe VI, right, attend a military welcome ceremony at the Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria, on Monday, January 31, 2022
The royal house said that his wife Queen Letizia has not shown any symptoms.
With 90 per cent of its population over age 12 years old having received at least two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, Spain is starting to roll back health restrictions as the latest surge driven by the omicron variant ebbs.
Meanwhile, despite lifting all domestic virus restrictions last week, Danish authorities still recommend patients isolate for at least four days.
The Nordic country announced a return ‘to life as we knew it’ despite record levels of new cases, arguing that the milder illness caused by the Omicron variant coupled with a high vaccine uptake allowed it to do so.
Margrethe II is not the first Nordic sovereign to be infected with the coronavirus. The king and queen of Sweden, aged 75 and 78, both tested positive in early January.
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