Prince Andrew Tests Positive and Will Miss Jubilee Event on Friday

Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.

The test result will force Andrew to skip a thanksgiving service that is part of the Platinum Jubilee festivities celebrating his mother’s 70-year reign. The service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday was the lone major event of the jubilee that Andrew had been expected to attend; he has been largely banished from public life because of his association with Jeffrey Epstein, the deceased financier and convicted sex offender.

It was not clear whether Andrew, 62, was vaccinated. The palace did not say whether he was experiencing symptoms.

A palace official said Andrew had seen the queen in recent days, but not since he received a positive result on a test the official described as routine.

Queen Elizabeth, 96, contracted the virus in February, and has said the illness left her feeling exhausted. Other recent health issues prompted her to miss some public appearances.

On Thursday evening, Buckingham Palace said the queen was also skipping the service at St. Paul’s, citing discomfort during the first day of festivities.

Andrew’s brother, Prince Charles, has been infected twice.

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