Queen cancels virtual meeting as mild COVID symptoms persist

 Queen Elizabeth will miss a planned virtual engagement on Tuesday because she is still experiencing mild cold-like symptoms after testing positive

The palace announced that the queen had tested positive on Sunday but was expected to carry on with light engagements

indication that the world's current oldest and longest-reigning monarch was not seriously unwell.

She sent a message of condolence to Brazil on Monday to say she was deeply saddened by recent fatal floods,

she was planning to go ahead with other virtual diplomatic audiences scheduled with foreign ambassadors, the palace said.

She will now decide nearer to the time whether to press ahead with further engagements this week

News of the positive test has sharpened concerns about the health of the world's longest-reigning monarch two weeks after she marked 70 years on the British throne.

The 95-year-old queen, who has been fully vaccinated against coronavirus

 quipped last week to Palace staff that she could not move much, and she spent a night in hospital last October for an unspecified ailment.

removal of all remaining COVID-19 restrictions has been delayed, a government source said on Monday.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks during an audience where she met the incoming and outgoing Defence Service Secretaries at Windsor

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