Danish monarch who attended Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral diagnosed with Covid

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Queen Margrethe of Denmark, who attended Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral earlier this week, has tested positive for Covid-19, the royal court in Copenhagen said on Wednesday.

The 82-year-old head of state, who has been on the throne for half a century, has cancelled her appointments for the week.

Queen Margrethe, who has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, was also diagnosed with Covid-19 in February this year, showing mild symptoms at the time.

Her half-century reign now makes her Europe’s longest-serving monarch following the death of Elizabeth II, 96, who ruled for 70 years, on 8 September. Out of respect for the late British monarch, Margrethe had asked her court to adjust the programme for her own 50-year anniversary commemorations earlier this month.

Among the events she cancelled at short notice was appearing on the Amalienborg Palace balcony to greet well-wishers and a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Copenhagen. Margrethe was proclaimed queen in January 1972, a day after her father, King Frederik IX, died following a short illness.

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth took place on Monday amid great pageantry. Queen Margrethe was among the hundreds of world leaders, current and ex-monarchs who attended the event.

Other monarchs in London on Monday included those from the Gulf, while the US president Joe Biden and France’s Emmanuel Macron were among the highest-profile political leaders.

The event was watched widely across Britain and the world, with the BBC claiming a high of 28 million people watched its coverage.

Meanwhile, live footage of the Queen lying-in-state was streamed 25 million times across BBC online, it said.

(With agencies)