By Ivan Mwine
British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, 95, is battling for her life after she tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Sunday.
Buckingham Palace sources reveal that the Queen has since been forced to postpone two virtual audiences in the wake of her COVID-19 diagnosis, noting that the meetings were rescheduled and the Queen is continuing with ‘light duties’.
“The two virtual audiences that had previously been scheduled to take place today will now be rescheduled for a later date,” a Buckingham Palace spokesman said, adding; “Her Majesty is continuing with light duties. No other engagements are scheduled for this week.”
However, on Wednesday, the Queen held her weekly telephone audience with the Prime Minister.
There will have been much to discuss during the conversation with Boris Johnson yesterday evening, with the Government dealing with the escalating crisis in Ukraine.
It should be noted that the Queen’s advanced age, COVID diagnosis, frailer appearance and recent health scare mean her medical team will be keeping a close eye on her progress, but being well enough to speak to the Prime Minister will be taken as an encouraging sign.
It is understood the Queen previously also had a separate planned in-person audience in the diary for yesterday but this was cancelled on Monday in keeping with COVID isolation guidelines.
The nation’s longest reigning monarch, who has been triple vaccinated, recently spent more than three months resting, on doctors’ orders.
In the autumn, she pulled out of attending the Cop26 climate change summit, the Festival of Remembrance and then the Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph service due to a sprained back. She also missed the Church of England’s General Synod.
The Queen now regularly uses a walking stick and has been pictured looking frailer recently.
Her illness comes a few days to a major engagement on March 2 when she is due to host the Diplomatic Reception and meet hundreds of dignitaries at Windsor.