Camilla, Queen Consort's visit to Telford postponed after she tests positive for Covid

The Queen Consort has had to postpone a visit to Telford this week after catching Covid.

The Queen Consort
The Queen Consort

Camilla, Queen Consort, was to have arrived at Southwater on Tuesday to meet and thank staff and representatives from local outreach and voluntary groups for their contributions to the community.

She was also to have unveiled a stone for Telford Veterans’ Trail, as well as a plaque to commemorate the visit during the Valentine's Day trip.

However the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, the King's representative, confirmed on Monday that the visit has been postponed.

Lord Lieutenant, Anna Turner, said: "Sadly the visit has been delayed because Her Majesty’s doctor has advised against making any visits tomorrow due to illness.

"Although disappointing we wouldn’t want her to make a visit when she was under the weather, and we had a full programme of groups and charities to meet."

Camilla has cancelled her appearance at events across the country this week – including celebrating Milton Keynes becoming a city – after contracting the virus.

The Queen Consort is said to be in good spirits and resting and is disappointed not to be able to fulfil her engagements.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “After suffering the symptoms of a cold, Her Majesty The Queen Consort has tested positive for the Covid virus.

“With regret, she has therefore cancelled all her public engagements for this week and sends her sincere apologies to those who had been due to attend them.”

The visit had been eagerly awaited by those expected to meet her, from local schoolchildren and the Abraham Darby Show band due to play in the square to welcome her arrival to members of voluntary groups.

The Queen Consort was to have met representative of Read Easy, a volunteer reading support group for adults, and representatives of Telford Interfaith Council, members of Telford Crisis Support, and Telford After Care Team (TACT) and well as charities STAY and Maninplace.

She was also expected to meet Shropshire Youth Support Trust and ambassadors of PODS (Parents Opening Doors) and volunteers of East Shropshire Talking Newspaper In Kind Direct.

Telford and Wrekin Council said: "Sadly, tomorrow’s royal visit by Her Majesty The Queen Consort to Telford has been postponed, due to seasonal illness.

"The visit will be rearranged and we will let you know as soon as we have a new date for the diary.

"We wish Her Majesty a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming her to Telford as soon as she is able.

"This means that Southwater One will be open as usual tomorrow (Tuesday 14 February)".

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