Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, 82, tests positive for Covid-19 after attending Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

England’s Foreign Office, meanwhile, apologized after botching up the invitations and had to 'uninvite' Denmark's Crown Princess Mary

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, 82, tests positive for Covid-19 after attending Queen Elizabeth II's funeral
Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark pay their respects as they view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II (Sarah Meyssonnier-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: The Queen of Denmark, who is also a third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, has contracted Covid-19. Margrethe II tested positive for the virus after attending the Queen's funeral on Monday, September 19, which also saw over 500 foreign heads of state and dignitaries.

After she tested positive, the ruler, who has been on the throne for five decades, called off her appointments as she is now quarantined in a wing of the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. She also canceled her plan to go to Norway for her winter holiday.

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The Daily Mail reported that she was not showing serious symptoms following the diagnosis. However, this was not the first time the 82-year-old got Covid. She tested positive in February but then too, she did not exhibit any serious symptoms.

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Beatrix of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark depart Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Beatrix of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark depart Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

This comes after England’s Foreign Office apologized for accidentally inviting Crown Princess Mary to the 96-year-old ruler’s funeral. First on September 13, a statement from the Danish Royals read, “Her Majesty The Queen and the Crown Prince Couple [will be] present at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19 2022 at Westminster Abbey in London, Great Britain.”

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However, later on the day of the funeral, another statement was issued that added, “Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Crown Prince participate from Denmark.”

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attend a reception at the end of their two day visit to The Netherlands at the Danish residence on June 21, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attend a reception at the end of their two-day visit to The Netherlands at the Danish residence on June 21, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands (Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)

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Now, the British Foreign Office’s spokesperson reportedly said, according to Vogue, “The FCDO has passed on their profound apologies to the Danish Royal Household through the Danish Embassy.” The Royal House also told Danish news outlet BT, “There has been a regrettable error in the invitation from the British Foreign Office's protocol.” As per the rules, only two dignitaries per country were allowed to attend. 

Meanwhile, it has been said that after the Queen's death, Margrethe II has now become the world's only living Queen. She sent a letter to King Charles after his mother's death that read, “Your mother was very important to me and my family. She was a towering figure among the European monarchs and a great inspiration to us all. We shall miss her terribly.”

The Danish Queen was reportedly very close to the late British Queen, and the two used to call each other ‘Daisy’ and ‘Lilibet’ respectively. Margrethe II told Newsweek, “That's the way we have known each other always. That is what we call each other when we see and speak to one another.”

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: Queen Elizabeth II greet Queen Margrethe of Denmark as she arrives at a lunch for Sovereign Monarch's held in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, at Windsor Castle, on May 18, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Margrethe of Denmark were reportedly very close and often called each other 'Daisy' and 'Lilibet' (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II happened days after she died on September 8 at Balmoral castle. As per The Guardian, her son said, "Thank you to all those countless people who have been such a support and comfort to my family and myself in this time of grief."

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Besides, a statement from Buckingham Palace read, "The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19th September at 1100hrs BST. Following the State Funeral, the Coffin will travel in Procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. From Wellington Arch, the Coffin will travel to Windsor and once there, the State Hearse will travel in Procession to St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle via the Long Walk. A Committal Service will then take place in St George's Chapel.”

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