The Queen felt ‘exhausted’ after Covid in video call with NHS staff


‘This horrific pandemic… is really exhausting’: Queen admits feeling ‘exhausted’ after battling Covid in special video call with NHS staff and patients just weeks after battling deadly virus “

  • Queen reveals how coronavirus has left her feeling ‘fatigued’
  • The 95-year-old monarch admitted this during a video call with NHS staff last week
  • Buckingham Palace announces Queen tested positive for coronavirus in February
  • She meets with the Prime Minister weekly but has not appeared on other conference calls

The Queen revealed that contracting the new coronavirus has left her “fatigued”.

The 95-year-old monarch contracted the virus in February and was admitted to hospital last week during a video call with NHS staff and patients.

She told them: “It does make a person very tired and exhausted, doesn’t it? This terrible epidemic. It’s not a good outcome.

When Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen had tested positive in Windsor, she was said to have “mild cold symptoms”.

While she meets with the prime minister every week, she does not appear on the scheduled video call.

The Queen speaks to staff at the Royal London Hospital via video link

Staff and patients speak about the trials and tribulations of managing Covid with the Queen

Sources told the Daily Mail the cancellation was because she sounded “husky” and “full of cold”, not because her condition had worsened. She also withdrew from the annual Commonwealth Day service, albeit more due to mobility issues.

However, it appears that like many who have contracted Covid-19, the Queen – who has been stabbed three times and may now have had a second booster shot – is suffering from after-effects including extreme exhaustion.

It will no doubt add to the growing health problems of the past six months, which last autumn required her to be hospitalized and unable to get engaged outside palace walls for six months.

She finally made a public appearance at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Thanksgiving ceremony late last month.

While she also withdrew from this week’s foot-washing ceremony in Windsor for the first time due to her mobility and handing over responsibility to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, she stoically continued video calls and audiences.

This week, the Queen, who will celebrate her 96th birthday next weekend, marked the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Ward at the Royal London Hospital where she is patron, speaking with staff and a former patient.

The Queen chats with NHS staff and patients on a video call, sharing her struggles with Covid treatment in February

Dressed in a floral dress and pearl necklace, she said the work of the staff was “remarkable”.

Nurse Charlie Mort said: “Throughout this pandemic, the courage shown by patients and my colleagues has been amazing and the kindness we have shown has been inspiring. I think we will all be forever connected because of it. Together.

“It’s amazing, isn’t it, something can be done when needed,” the Queen said.

Hospital chaplain Imam Faruq Siddiqi said the family “felt hope” when they knew he was visiting relatives. ‘

While I don’t have any miracles, I hope I can bring them some comfort through my presence and prayers,” he said.

The Queen receives new and outgoing defence ministers at Windsor Castle on 16 February

For the first time during her reign, the 95-year-old monarch will be replaced by Prince Charles at the ceremony scheduled for Thursday, April 14.

The Queen replied: “It’s obviously a very scary experience to be infected very badly with Covid-19, isn’t it?”

“I think it’s worse to be alone,” Mr Siddiqi said. ‘Exactly. So they are one too,” the Queen said.

Sister Mireia Lopez Rey Ferrer said it was “unrecognizable” with so many patients in the intensive care unit.

“As nurses, we make sure they’re not alone,” she said.

“We held their hands, wiped their tears, we offered comfort. Sometimes it felt like we were running a marathon with no finish line.

“It must be a bad time for all of you,” the Queen said. “I can’t see my family, and I still work so hard…then [was] The unusual part isn’t it, being unable to meet your relatives and being isolated.

Former patient Asef Hussain explains how he and his family contracted Covid in December 2020. His father and brother were also treated for Covid on the ward before they died.

Queen Elizabeth II meets new and outgoing defence ministers at Windsor Castle with Rear Admirals James MacLeod and Rear Admirals Elden Miller (right)

There are also fears that the Queen will miss Prince Philip’s memorial service at the end of March before a “military-style” plan is drawn up to ensure she arrives comfortably. (Pictured: Emotional monarch during Philip’s service)

The Queen, accompanied by Prince Andrew, attended the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service on March 29

Mr Hussain, along with his wife Shamina, said his brother was admitted to hospital first and died the same day. He himself was taken to hospital after struggling to breathe and slept for seven weeks.

“Once I woke up, I saw the nurses, the doctors – the whole team here doing a fantastic job. They supported me and my family in an amazing way.

“Unfortunately, while I was sleeping, my father also died of Covid-19,” he said.

“Are you better now?” the queen asked. “I got there, I’m recovering, I’m much better,” Mr Hussain said.

Mr Hussain’s wife explained how she was praying for his recovery while on the phone with family members around the world. “Pray for him, oh great,” the Queen said.

She added: “I’m glad you’re getting better. It does get very exhausting and exhausting, doesn’t it, this terrible pandemic? It’s not a good outcome.

Monarch also spoke to the team behind the construction of the new unit, laughing when project director Jeff Barley told her he had looted his “black book” to find someone to help him.

The Queen replied: “It’s amazing, isn’t it. It’s funny isn’t it, how everyone works together and pulls together when there’s something really important. It’s amazing, isn’t it.

Mr Barley praised “a bit of Dunkirk spirit” in it, prompting the Queen to smile and say: “Thank goodness it’s still there”, amid laughter. The plaque is then uncovered and raised to show the monarch.

The Royal London Hospital has been serving residents of East London for the past 280 years. It was awarded a royal title by the Queen during her visit in 1990 to celebrate its 250th anniversary of opening at the Whitechapel site.

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