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Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II tests positive to COVID-19 after attending funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

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The Queen of Denmark has tested positive to COVID-19 one day after attending the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II in London.

In a statement, Denmark’s royal family said Queen Margrethe II had cancelled all of her official activities for the week after testing positive on Tuesday evening. 

The 82-year-old was among 2,000 people who crammed into London’s Westminster Abbey to farewell Queen Elizabeth on Monday.

She sat next to her heir Crown Prince Frederick during the service, and was also seen walking into the abbey alongside King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Sweden’s King Carl Gustav XVI and Queen Silvia, as well as Spain’s Queen Letizia. 

Denmark’s royal palace said Frederik and his wife, the Australian Crown Princess Mary, would take Magrethe’s place at an official event at Copenhagen’s Christiansborg Palace this week.

Margrethe previously tested positive for the virus in February. At the time, the palace said she had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Her half-century reign makes her Europe’s longest-serving monarch following the September 8 death of Elizabeth, 96, who ruled for 70 years.

Out of respect for the late British monarch, Margrethe had asked her court to adjust the program for her own 50-year anniversary commemorations, which had been due to take place on September 10 and 11.

Margrethe was proclaimed Queen on January 15, 1972, a day after her father, King Frederik IX, died following a short illness.

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