Queen reveals COVID left her ‘tired and exhausted’

The Queen has revealed that having COVID has left her “tired and exhausted”.

The 95-year-old monarch, who contracted the virus in February, made her admission in a video call with NHS staff and patients last week.

She told them: “It does leave one very tired and exhausted, doesn’t it? This terrible pandemic. It’s not a nice result”.

When Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen had tested positive at Windsor, it was said that she had “mild cold-like symptoms”.

While she had her weekly audience with the Prime Minister, she did not appear on scheduled video calls.

Sources told the Daily Mail the cancellations were made because she sounded “croaky” and “full of cold” and not because her condition had worsened.

She also pulled out of the annual Commonwealth Day service, albeit more due to mobility problems.

However it seems that like many who have contracted COVID, the Queen – who is triple-jabbed and likely to have had her second booster injection by now –is suffering from after-effects including extreme exhaustion.

Camera IconQueen Elizabeth speaks to NHS workers via video call to hear about their experiences of working on the front line during the pandemic. Credit: Handout/Getty Images

This will no doubt add to the mounting health problems of the last six months, which saw her needing hospital care last autumn and unable to conduct an engagement outside palace walls for six months.

She was finally seen in public at the Duke of Edinburgh’s service of thanksgiving at the end of last month.

While she has also pulled out of this week’s Maundy Service in Windsor for the first time ever due to her mobility and handed responsibility to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, she has stoically continued video calls and hearings.

This week the Queen – who will celebrate her 96th birthday at the end of next week – marked the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Unit at The Royal London Hospital, of which she is patron, talking to staff and one former patient.

Wearing a floral dress with a pearl necklace, she said the staff ‘s work was “splendid”.

Nurse Charlie Mort said: “The amount of bravery that both the patients and my colleagues showed throughout the entire pandemic was amazing and the amount of kindness we were shown was inspiring. I think we will all be bonded together because of it, forever”.

“It’s amazing, isn’t it, what can be done when needs be,” the Queen said

Imam Faruq Siddiqi, hospital chaplain, said families “felt a sense of hope’ when they knew he was visiting their loved ones.

“Although I didn’t hold any miracles, I hope I was able to bring some sort of comfort to them through my presence and prayers,” he said.

The Queen replied: “It obviously was a very frightening experience to have COVID very badly, wasn’t it?”

Mr Siddiqi said: “I think what made it worse was being by themselves”.

“Exactly. So they were alone, too,” the Queen remarked.


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