Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. [Jason Dawson/Newsquest]

Britain’s Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus, COVID-19,

The 71-year-old royal "has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual,” according to a statement from Clarence House, the official residence of the prince.

As the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales is the heir apparent to the British throne.

Charles attended a March 10 event in London with Prince Albert of Monaco, the first member of a European royal family to test positive for coronavirus. Also, a Buckingham Palace staffer recently tested positive for the virus.

However, given his number of social engagements in recent weeks, it is “not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus," Clarence House stated.

The prince and his wife, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are now self-isolating in Balmoral in Scotland.

Like Charles, she was tested by the National Health Service in Aberdeenshire, but does not have the virus.

Last week, the 93-year-old queen left Buckingham Palace ahead of schedule for Windsor Castle, where she was joined by her husband, Prince Philip, 98. Due to their age, both are considered to be in a high-risk category for COVID-19 .

“As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty,” the queen posted on her website. “We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals - today and in the coming days, weeks and months.”

She added, “Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge.”

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