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Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

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Prince Charles wearing a suit and tie: Prince Charles in London earlier this month. Pic: James Shaw/Shutterstock © Rex Features Prince Charles in London earlier this month. Pic: James Shaw/Shutterstock

Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus.

Clarence House confirmed that the 71-year-old heir to the throne was diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease in a statement released this morning.

The royal displayed "mild symptoms" on Sunday and was then tested on Monday, with the results coming through late on Tuesday night, the statement said.

Charles "otherwise remains in good health" and has been self-isolating in Scotland with the Duchess of Cornwall, who has tested negative for coronavirus.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles posing for a picture: The Duchess of Cornwall has tested negative for the disease © Reuters The Duchess of Cornwall has tested negative for the disease

"The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus," the statement said.

"He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.

"The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.

a person wearing a suit and tie: The Prince of Wales at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 12 March © PA The Prince of Wales at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 12 March

"The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing.

"It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks."

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Prince Charles' last public event was a reception and dinner in aid of the Australian bushfire relief effort on 12 March, which took place at Mansion House in London.

Earlier that day the Prince of Wales had attended an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, where he greeted recipients with a non-contact gesture due to concerns about the spread of the illness.

a person wearing a hat: The Queen is said to be in good health and following all appropriate advice © PA The Queen is said to be in good health and following all appropriate advice

Sky News' royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills said that since then Charles has a "small number of meetings", and that all people he has come into contact with have been tested.

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Prince Charles and Ronnie Wood at Prince's Trust event earlier this month © Getty Prince Charles and Ronnie Wood at Prince's Trust event earlier this month

Doctors' most conservative estimate is that he would have been contagious since 13 March, she added.

He last met the Queen on the morning of 12 March and the 93-year-old monarch is said to be in "good health" and following all appropriate health and safety advice.

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Following Prince Charles' diagnosis, Buckingham Palace said: "Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health.

"The Queen last saw the Prince of Wales briefly on 12 March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare. We will not be commenting further."

Declan Donnelly, Prince Charles standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly greet Charles © Getty Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly greet Charles

On 11 March, Charles attended a Prince's Trust event in London and greeted celebrity guests without a handshake.

Among those he was seen meeting were Ant and Dec, actor Pierce Brosnan and Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood.

On 10 March, Prince Charles hosted a WaterAid summit at Clarence House to discuss the impact of climate change on access to drinking water.

The event was also attended by Prince Albert of Monaco, who last week became the first head of state confirmed to have tested positive for coronavirus.

Pierce Brosnan, James Norton that are talking to each other: Prince Charles and Pierce Brosnan © Getty Prince Charles and Pierce Brosnan

His health was described as "not worrying" and he was being treated by doctors from the Princess Grace Hospital, named after his US actress mother.

Albert is continuing to work from his home office in the palace and is in contact with members of his government.

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The announcement that Prince Charles has COVID-19 comes a week after the Queen and Prince Philip moved to Windsor Castle earlier than planned for the Easter period.

Following their arrival in Windsor, the monarch issued a message of solidarity to Britons worried about the disease, saying families around the UK were entering "a period of great concern and uncertainty".

a group of people sitting at a table with wine glasses: Charles sat across from Prince Albert at the WaterAid summit © Getty Charles sat across from Prince Albert at the WaterAid summit

"We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them," she said.

"At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation's history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal.

a dog sitting in front of a window: The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle to socially distance herself due to coronavirus © PA The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle to socially distance herself due to coronavirus

"We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals - today and in the coming days, weeks and months.

"Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part."

Albert II de Monaco, Nicholas Stern standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Prince Albert attended a WaterAid summit hosted by Prince Charles © Getty Prince Albert attended a WaterAid summit hosted by Prince Charles

The UK has seen 424 deaths from coronavirus so far, with more than 8,000 confirmed cases.

There were 89 deaths reported on Tuesday, which was the biggest daily nationwide increase to date.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has enforced a lockdown to try to slow the spread the disease, with people urged not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.

Britons should stay indoors unless they are classed as key workers, such as the emergency services, to buy food and other vital supplies, and for exercise - but only once per day.

Some confusion remains over the measures, however, with Mr Johnson facing increasing calls to intervene and stop non-essential construction workers heading to building sites during the pandemic.

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading - here is what you can and can't do. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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