Queen's Daughter-in-Law Sophie Is Isolating After Being Exposed to Positive Coronavirus Case
Stuart C. Wilson / WPA Pool / Getty Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, takes precautions after coming into contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus.
"Earlier this week, the Countess of Wessex came into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19," Buckingham Palace said in a statement released Friday. "Your Royal Highness has no symptoms but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home."
Queen Elizabeth's daughter-in-law is likely to stay at her home in Bagshot Park, where she lives with husband Prince Edward and their two children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn.
Sophie, 55, had a busy week. After visiting a farm with Prince Edward last Thursday, she joined the Mencap Learning Disability Running Team on Sunday for the first 1.5 miles of their virtual London marathon on the Great Walk in Windsor Castle (despite the cloudy weather) on. Sophie also wore a green mask on Wednesday when she visited the National Space Center for World Space Week. The palace did not indicate where Sophie was abandoned.
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In March, Sophie's brother-in-law, Prince Charles, tested positive for COVID-19 and had "mild symptoms". In June, the future king announced that he was still recovering from the loss of his sense of taste and smell.
"He [Prince Charles] was talking about his personal experience, firsthand experience for him," Jeff Wall, health care assistant, told the Daily Mail. "He also talked about his loss of smell and taste and somehow still had the feeling that he still has it now."
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Benjamin Wheeler / PA Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
The royal family - including Kate Middleton and Prince William - have largely returned to personal engagements and have taken precautions like wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
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However, Queen Elizabeth has rarely been in public since March - with exceptions like her reduced birthday parties in June and granddaughter Princess Beatrice's little wedding in July. The 94-year-old monarch isolated at Windsor Castle with her 99-year-old husband, Prince Philip, before spending the summer on their Balmoral estate in Scotland. After visiting her Sandringham Estate, the Queen has returned to Windsor solo. Her plan remains to return to Buckingham Palace in London for "selected target groups and engagements".
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