he Queen Consort has tested positive for Covid-19 and cancelled her public engagements for the week.

Buckingham Palace gave the update at 5pm on Monday after earlier saying she had contracted a “seasonal illness” which forced her to postpone a visit to the West Midlands on Tuesday.

Camilla had been due to visit Southwater in Telford, Shropshire on a solo trip but has had to postpone because of illness.

The Queen Consort, 75, had planned to visit Elmhurst Ballet School to celebrate its 100th anniversary with students and staff.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “After suffering the symptoms of a cold, Her Majesty the Queen Consort has tested positive for the Covid virus.

“With regret, she has therefore cancelled all of her public engagements for this week and sends her sincere apologies to those who had been due to attend them.”

Her Majesty had also been due to visit a local library, to thank staff and representatives from local outreach and voluntary groups for their contribution to the community.

She had also been planning a joint visit with King Charles to Milton Keynes on Thursday, February 16.

It comes as the royal couple are set to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary in April, just weeks before the King’s coronation on May 6.

The coronation will take place at Westminster Abbey on the Saturday morning, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The ceremonial procedure follows the former Prince of Wales‘ accession to the throne when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on September 8.

To mark the coronation, the UK will have an extra bank holiday on Monday, May 8.

According to Buckingham Palace, the coronation will be “a solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry”.

The historic occasion is billed as reflecting “the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry”.

Charles and Camilla will arrive at the Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace, known as “the King’s procession”, and after the service they will return to the palace in a larger ceremonial procession, known as “the coronation procession”, joined by other members of the royal family.

At the palace, Charles and Camilla will be joined by family members on the balcony to conclude the day’s ceremonial events.

However, it is not clear exactly which family members will appear in the coronation procession or on the balcony.

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