PONTUS LUNDAHL / TT / AFP News Agency via Getty Images King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia of Sweden
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden are the latest royals to test positive for COVID-19.
The palace announced on Tuesday that the Swedish monarch, 75, and his wife, 78, “are showing mild symptoms and are feeling well under the circumstances.” The statement added that the royal couple have both received three vaccines.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia “have isolated themselves in the house in accordance with the rules of conduct in force, and the monitoring of infections is ongoing,” said the palace.
Like many countries in the world, Sweden is currently experiencing a outbreak of coronavirus cases thanks to the Omicron variant.
Fredrik SANDBERG / TT PRESS AGENCY / AFP / Getty King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden
Unlike many European countries, Sweden has avoided a full lockdown amid the pandemic, relying instead on voluntary guidelines. In his Christmas 2020 speech, King Carl XVI Gustaf spoke out against the country’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a rare rebuff.
“I think we failed,” he said. “A large number have died, and it is terrible.”
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“The Swedish people have suffered enormously under difficult conditions,” continued the Swedish monarch. “You think of all the family members who have been found to be unable to say goodbye to their deceased family members. I think it’s a difficult and traumatic experience not to be able to say goodbye warmly. Lately it has been happening. seemed more obvious, he got closer and closer. That’s not what you want. “
Michael Campanella / Getty Swedish royal family
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia are just the last members of the Swedish royal family to have the disease. Their eldest child Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Crown Prince Daniel of Sweden showed “mild symptoms” after testing positive in March 2021, months after Victoria’s younger brother Prince Carl Philip and sister-in-law Princess Sofia contracted the disease and has experienced flu-like symptoms.
They join a long list of royals around the world who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began last year. Last month, Princess mary from denmark tested positive before Christmas as did Princess Annethe husband of Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.
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