- The Duke of York has been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 and has tested positive days after mingling with the Queen
- Prince Andrew thus cannot attend the thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
- A few months earlier, Queen Elizabeth also tested positive for the virus but she recovered after taking time off
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, has tested positive for COVID-19.
Palace official confirms
A Buckingham Palace official confirmed the diagnosis, saying that the royal will not be attending a thanksgiving service slated for Friday.
The thanksgiving event will be held at the St Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
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A palace official said:
"After undertaking a routine test the Duke has tested positive for COVID and with regret will no longer be attending tomorrow's service."
According to Sky News, it is understood that Andrew has met with the Queen in the last few days but has been undertaking regular testing.
The duke was pictured on Wednesday in high spirits riding a horse on the Royal Estate in Windsor.
Andrew was not at Buckingham's balcony to mark his mother's Platinum Jubilee after the Queen decided that only working members of the Royal Family would join her.
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