Levin: 'Queen sparks 'one real concern' ahead of Platinum Jubilee'
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The news the Queen has tested positive for coronavirus almost two years into the pandemic has worried royal fans around the world. According to a statement made by Buckingham Palace on Saturday, the monarch is currently suffering from “mild cold-like symptoms” and will continue to receive medical attention throughout the course of her illness.
The palace said the Queen expects to continue carrying out “light duties”, and this week she has sent her messages of congratulations to Team GB athletes competing in the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The monarch is also expected to have a telephone audience with the Prime Minister and conduct virtual audiences this week, as she carries on with a selection of her duties.
The news follows a string of cases in the Royal Family, with the Prince of Wales meeting his mother in the week he tested positive, and the Duchess of Cornwall also isolating after contracting the virus.
The Royal Household has its own physicians and the Queen’s doctors will be on hand to take care of and monitor the head of state – but who is the Queen’s personal doctor?
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Who is the Queen’s top doctor?
The man in charge of looking after the monarch is Professor Sir Huw Thomas, Head of the Medical Household and Physician to the Queen.
Professor Sir Huw has been Head of the Medical Household since 2014.
Last year he was knighted after being invested with the Insignia of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
He said at the time: “It’s been a busy couple of years in this role, so I feel very grateful to have been recognised for my service to date.”
He added: “You very much become part of that organisation and become the personal doctor to the principal people in it, who are patients just like other patients.
“With the pandemic, the key priority of the Medical Household is trying to make sure that the people under its care are kept safe.”
He is also professor of gastrointestinal genetics at Imperial College London.
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The Queen has suffered a bout of ill health in recent months, and concerns for her wellbeing have mounted.
She was ordered to rest by doctors in October after spending a night in hospital undergoing preliminary tests.
As a result, she cancelled a series of engagements, likely on the advice of Professor Thomas, including the annual Remembrance Day service.
In the aftermath of her Platinum Jubilee, the Queen has a number of major engagements coming up next month.
She is due to host the Diplomatic Reception on March 2, where she will meet hundreds of members of the Diplomatic Corps at Windsor Castle.
She is also due to attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 14 and then the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service, also at the Abbey, on March 29.
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