Queen of Denmark and King of Spain tested positive for coronavirus

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The Queen of Denmark and the King of Spain have both tested positive for the coronavirus despite being vaccinated, their respective royal houses announced on Wednesday.

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, 82, has mild symptoms of covid-19 and has self-isolated in the Copenhagen palace where she lives, the palace said.

Margrethe tested positive for the virus on Tuesday evening and canceled a planned holiday in Norway which was due to start on Wednesday, the royal household said.

The announcement came weeks after Margrethe celebrated 50 years on the throne of Europe’s oldest ruling monarchy. Some of the planned festivities have been postponed to September due to the pandemic.

However, the Queen took part in some Jubilee events this month, including a wreath laying at her parents’ grave at Roskilde Cathedral, where members of the Danish royal family have been buried since 1559. She also met government and attended a reception in Parliament.

Like Margrethe, the King of Spain Felipe VI has been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The 54-year-old monarch was tested for the virus after developing “mild symptoms” of covid-19, the royal household said.

He added that his “overall health” was good and that he would remain in isolation for seven days, in accordance with national health protocols. The Royal Household said Queen Letizia had shown no symptoms.

With 90% of its population over the age of 12 having received at least two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, Spain is beginning to roll back health restrictions as the latest surge caused by the omicron variant wanes.