Denmark’s 82-year-old queen has tested positive for Covid-19 after attending Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, the Danish royal palace has confirmed.
Queen Margrethe II, who has been on the throne for 50 years, has relinquished her official duties following Tuesday night’s test, an official statement said.
This is the second time he has had the virus this year, after another bout with the disease in February.
The palace said at the time that the monarch, who has since become Europe’s longest-reigning monarch, had received three doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
Margrethe was among dignitaries from around the world attending Elizabeth’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, but it is unclear when or where she contracted the virus.
The half-century reign of the Danish monarch makes it the longest reigning monarch in Europe, following the death of the 96-year-old queen on September 8, who reigned for 70 years.
Out of respect for her British monarch counterpart, Margrethe has asked the court to alter plans for her own 50th birthday celebrations on September 10-11.
Among the events he quickly scrapped was an appearance on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace to greet well-wishers and a horse-drawn carriage ride through the capital, Copenhagen.
Her eldest son and heir to the throne, Crown Prince Frederik, is expected to take Margrethe’s place, hosting a dinner with Danish government officials and MPs alongside his wife, Crown Princess Mary.
Queen Margrethe became Queen of Denmark on 15 January 1972, one day after her father, King Frederik IX, died following a short illness.
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