The Queen reveals she is 'exhausted' after Covid health scare

Queen Elizabeth II looks on during a visit to the Science Museum on March 07, 2019 in London, England.
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The Queen has opened up about her battle with Covid-19 for the first time, revealing it left her "exhausted".

Her Majesty tested positive in February and was said to be suffering from "mild symptoms" (opens in new tab).  Since then, the Queen has been forced to cancel numerous royal engagements and has been spotted using both a walking stick and a wheelchair (opens in new tab).

Now she has revealed Covid-19 has left her "tired and exhausted" while speaking to NHS workers virtually, at the Royal London Hospital, Elizabeth Unit.

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While on the call, she spoke to a former Covid patient, Asef Hussain, and his wife Shamina about their experience

The Queen said, “I'm glad that you are getting better. It does leave one very tired and exhausted, doesn’t it, this awful pandemic.”

She then enquired about the room they were standing in, which was specifically built for the pandemic. She said, “It’s amazing isn’t it, what can be done, when needs be. You’re the record builders, are you? You had to build it so quickly!”

The Queen has been praised for showing "extraordinary courage (opens in new tab)" during her Covid-19 battle, after taking a "no fuss approach" despite fears she would not be able to attend her late husband, Prince Philips's memorial service.

Queen Elizabeth II leaves Sandringham House after a reception with representatives from local community groups to celebrate the start of the Platinum Jubilee, on February 5, 2022 in King's Lynn, England.

Thankfully, she was well enough to make an appearance at Westminster Abbey, following reports that Palace Aides were taking her health "day by day" (opens in new tab) and had planned a military-style operation to get her to the service.

Despite being well enough to attend, the Queen has now canceled more events and is now set to miss the Easter Maundy service, over mobility issues (opens in new tab).

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life.