After Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, Queen Margaret tested positive for COVID-19.
The Queen of Denmark – who is Europe’s longest-reigning monarch since Elizabeth’s death aged 96 on September 8 – was among the dignitaries who attended the state funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey on Monday (19.09.22).
In a statement, the Danish royal family revealed that the 82-year-old monarch – who was the queen’s third cousin as they were both descended from Queen Victoria – stood down from official duties after she tested positive the day after the funeral.
Her eldest son, Crown Prince Frederik – who is the heir apparent to the castaway – and his wife, Crown Princess Mary, will take her place as hosts of a lunch with representatives of the Danish government and other members of parliament.
The palace said: “Her Majesty The Queen tested positive for COVID-19 last night and is now residing at Fredensborg Palace. The Queen’s events this week have been cancelled.
“A Friday evening event for the Government, the Danish Parliament and the Danish Members of the European Parliament at Christiansborg Palace will be attended by HRH the Crown Prince and HRH the Crown Princess.”
Margret has received three shots against COVID and tested positive earlier this February with mild symptoms.
She paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth on the day she died by writing a letter to King Charles after losing her mother.
She wrote: “She was an important figure among European monarchs and a great inspiration to us all.”
She also adjusted the planned program for September 10-11 to celebrate her 50th birthday, canceling a planned appearance on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace and a horse-drawn carriage ride around Copenhagen.
She became queen on January 15, 1972, following the death of her father, King Frederick, and celebrated the event earlier this year on a shortened schedule due to COVID.