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Queen Consort Camilla has tested positive for COVID-19, Buckingham Palace says | UK News

The Queen Consort has tested positive for COVID-19 after suffering from cold symptoms, Buckingham Palace has said.

“After suffering the symptoms of a cold, Her Majesty The Queen Consort has tested positive for the COVID virus,” the statement said.

“With regret, she has therefore cancelled all her public engagements for this week and sends her sincere apologies to those who had been due to attend them.”

Earlier, the palace said Camilla, 75, had been forced to postpone a visit to the West Midlands on Tuesday after contracting a “seasonal” illness.

She was set to carry out several engagements across the region, including celebrating the centenary of Elmhurst Ballet School in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Camilla was also set to visit the Southwater One Library in Telford to thank staff and representatives from outreach and voluntary groups for their contribution to the community.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said it was hoped a new date could be found soon for the postponed events.

The King and Queen were due to host a Clarence House reception on Wednesday for authors and members of literacy charities to celebrate the second anniversary of her online book club The Reading Room.

The following day Charles and Camilla were scheduled to attend a reception in Milton Keynes to celebrate the metropolis being awarded city status as part of the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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King Charles III and the Queen Consort during a visit to Brick Lane in east London
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King Charles III and the Queen Consort during a visit to Brick Lane in east London

The Queen Consort contracted COVID early last year and was forced to cancel her appearance at several events.

The Princess Royal deputised for Camilla at the Cheltenham Festival last March, as she was pacing herself after recovering from the virus. She also missed a Commonwealth event.

The Queen Consort has had a busy diary of engagements across the UK in recent weeks including travelling as far as Aberdeen and the Welsh town of Wrexham for events.

Last Thursday, she visited Storm Family Centre in Battersea, south London, a charity supporting domestic abuse survivors in the area.

In an impromptu brief speech at the engagement, she said she felt “very privileged and honoured” to have visited the centre.

The previous day, Camilla and her husband King Charles visited London’s Brick Lane where they met members of the city’s Bangladeshi community.

The couple even received a takeaway to bring home from a south Asian restaurant.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves attacks Liz Truss’s economic plan which ‘has been tested and has failed’ | Politics News

Labour’s shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves has said the UK Government is putting the economy in danger and attacked Prime Minister Liz Truss’s plan of “trickle-down economics” after the pound sank to a record low against the dollar.

Sterling slipped to a low of $1.0327 on Monday, before stabilising at around $1.07, following lows seen after Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng unveiled his £45bn tax-slashing package in the mini-budget on Friday.

She described “trickle-down economics” as an idea that “has been tried, has been tested and has failed”, during a speech at Labour’s conference in Liverpool.

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“We are facing a national emergency,” she said. “Energy prices up the cost of the weekly food shop up, people’s wages not keeping up.

“On Friday, the chancellor had an opportunity to set out a serious response to the cost of living crisis. And he failed.”

Ms Reeves added: “The message from financial markets was clear on Friday, and this morning the message is even more stark – sterling is down [and] that means higher prices.”

Ms Reeves promised a new deal for working people, with strengthened rights, saying “minimum wage will be set at a level that reflects the real cost of living”.

Among her priorities, she said she would double the number of medical school places “so our NHS has the doctors that it needs” – and also double the number of district nurses and create 10,000 more nursing and midwife places every year.

‘Those at the top will pay their fair share’

The shadow chancellor said the new vacancies – which include 5,000 new health visitors – will be funded by bringing back the 45p income tax rate cut introduced by the government last week.

She said: “I can tell you, those at the top will pay their fair share.”

Labour said the tax cut will cost £6bn between now and 2026/2027 and benefit just 600,000 of the highest earners – each of whom will receive £10,000.

The party said that by reversing the cut, they can fund “one of the biggest expansions of the NHS workforce in history”.

The shadow chancellor described the Conservative Party’s record as “12 years of failure”, adding: “It’s time for a government that is on your side, and that government is a Labour government.”

She said: “The prime minister is content to let energy giants pocket the cash and leave your children and your grandchildren to pick up the tab.

“Under these Tories, those with the broadest shoulders carry the lightest load. And not by accident, but by choice.

“It is time for a government that is on your side.”