Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday.
The test result will force Andrew to skip a thanksgiving service that is part of the Platinum Jubilee festivities celebrating his mother’s 70th reign. The Friday service at St. Paul’s Cathedral was the only major anniversary event Andrew was expected to attend; he has been banned from public life largely because of his association with Jeffrey Epstein, the late financier and convicted sex offender.
It was not clear whether Andrew, 62, had been vaccinated. The palace did not say if he had any symptoms.
A palace official said Andrew had seen the Queen in recent days, but not since he got a positive result on a test the official described as routine.
Queen Elizabeth, 96, contracted the virus in February and said she felt exhausted from the illness. Other recent health issues caused her to miss some public appearances.
On Thursday evening, Buckingham Palace said the Queen also skipped the service at St. Paul’s because she felt uncomfortable during the first day of the festivities.
Andrew’s brother, Prince Charles, has been infected twice.
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