Danish Queen tests positive for COVID-19 after UK monarch’s funeral


In a statement, the royal household said that Margrethe, 82, who has been on the throne for 50 years, canceled her official duties after the Tuesday night test.

The palace said her oldest son, heir to the throne Crown Prince Frederik, and his wife, Crown Princess Mary, would would take the queen’s place hosting a dinner with Danish government officials and members of parliament.

Denmark's Queen Margrethe pays her respect to the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, following her death, during her lying-in-state at Westminster Hall, in London, Sunday Sept. 18, 2022
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II has tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (John Sibley/Pool via AP)

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.

The Queen was among the dignitaries who attended Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral Monday at Westminster Abbey in London.

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

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Out of respect for the late British monarch, Margrethe had asked her court to adjust the September 10-11 program for her own 50-year anniversary commemorations (PA Images via Getty Images)

Out of respect for the late British monarch, Margrethe had asked her court to adjust the September 10-11 program for her own 50-year anniversary commemorations.

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.

Official portrait for Queen Margrethe of Denmark's Golden Jubilee marking the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the throne
Official portrait for Queen Margrethe of Denmark’s Golden Jubilee marking the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne (Per Morten Abrahamsen/Danish Royal Household)

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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