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17 August 2021

Queen to remain at Balmoral after estate worker tests positive for Covid

17 August 2021

The Queen is carrying on with her Balmoral holiday after a staff member at the Scottish estate tested positive for coronavirus.

The monarch, who is 95 and double jabbed, will remain at her private castle in Aberdeenshire as planned.

The employee was sent home on Saturday following a PCR test, The Sun revealed.

Balmoral Castle, where the Queen is spending her traditional summer break (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA Archive)

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “We have procedures in place should a member of any team get Covid.”

It is the Queen’s first stay at her beloved Scottish sanctuary since the death of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh in April.

She has been joined by family members including the Duke of York and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children are expected to arrive later this month.

Scotland has been a welcome retreat for the royal family since Queen Victoria’s day, with the Windsors relaxing and enjoying country pursuits in the stunning setting of the Scottish Highlands.

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