Queen Elizabeth is taking a step back from work after testing positive for the Coronavirus.
The monarch, 95, received her diagnosis on February 20, and two days later, Buckingham Palace announced, "As Her Majesty is still experiencing mild cold-like symptoms she has decided not to undertake her planned virtual engagements today, but will continue with light duties."
A source claimed that the Queen "is determined to carry on" and otherwise go about her normal routine, though several staff members have tested positive as well.
Aside from a few updates, biographer Robert Jobson told The Mirror that the institution will likely keep quiet on her condition.
"The palace has assured us that there is no need for panic, with their statement talking of ‘mild cold-like’ symptoms. Thankfully, she has a top medical team around her, monitoring constantly. As a rule, the Palace do not routinely talk about the Queen’s health unless they have something definite to say, and she clears it," he explained. "This time they have been candid. What concerns me, however, is the reference to Her Majesty continuing with ‘light duties’ at Windsor over the coming week."
"There is no doubt The Prince of Wales and his family will be concerned by this development and won’t be complacent. Charles often spends longer at Windsor Castle when he visits these days, so that he can enjoy quality time with his mother," continued Jobson. "Kate, Duchess of Cambridge flies to Copenhagen this week for a series of solo engagements. If there was a serious cause for concern, I am sure that overseas visit would have been postponed."
"That said, every time there is a palace bulletin about the health of the monarch, it focuses the minds of her family and her loyal subjects during this Platinum Jubilee year," he added.
The official Platinum Jubilee, which celebrates the matriarchs historic reign, kicks off in June. Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla have also tested positive for COVID-19.