Her successor Prince Charles is positive and her Prime Minister Boris Johnson is too, but Buckingham Palace officials have refused to answer why the Homeopathy-practicing Queen Elizabeth has been tested for coronavirus yet.
HRH Queen Elizabeth left her royal residence Buckingham Palace a week earlier than normal for Windsor Castle to isolate herself from the COVID-19 pandemic threat. Before leaving London, Queen met UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the 11th of March. Johnson tested positive for the coronavirus after mild symptoms on the 27th.
Post the revelation from No. 10 Downing Street, the Palace’s statement said that the “Queen remains in good health” and “is following all the appropriate advice with regards to her welfare.” However, officials kept quiet on whether the Queen Elizabeth, 93, and Prince Philip, 98, were tested after the news. The Queen is known for relying on alternative medicine, mainly a variety of homeopathic concoctions. For some doctors and medical experts, this is raising concern for Queen Elizabeth’s health and well-being.
Queen In Isolation But Available For Now
The Queen and her consort are both in Windsor Castle in Berkshire. They are expected to remain there beyond Easter. Furthermore, the Queen’s annual birthday celebrations are also canceled. The British Monarch’s birthday parade is a 260-year-old tradition called ‘Trooping the Colour’.
Due on June 13 in London, the even witnesses over 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians with a 41-gun salute in Green Park, a gun salute at the Tower Of London, before the Royal Air Force conducts a fly-by past the Buckingham Palace balcony with Royalty in attendance. Furthermore, the Queen has now embraced the digital means of communication for royals attending meetings and engagements. Earlier in the month, she was in a historic photograph talking to PM Boris Johnson over the phone.
Morale Is High At Windsor Castle
The Buckingham Palace officials revealed that “Spirits are high and the feeling is, if we can’t do something the way we used to, we have to come up with another way to do it.” Much of the Queen’s staff are performing their duties from home as per the UK Government’s social distancing guidelines.
The Queen herself has said that she is taking up the advice to “change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities.” It can be noted that while the Queen may be increasingly vulnerable to the COVID-19 infection due to her old age, she is one of the more resilient royal family scions having canceled only a few of her engagements due to health concerns in her almost 7-decade reign. Insiders believe Queen’s long life is due to homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine viewed with a skeptic eye.
Homeopathy runs deep in the Royal Family
Daily Mail’s Richard Kay had recently revealed that the Queen, in her younger days used to carry around a small leather case that had a “bewildering” supply of homeopathic remedies like arnica for jet-lag and bruising, Cocculus for travel sickness, Arsenicum album for food poisoning, nux vomica for indigestion and. Moreover, Queen isn’t the only homeopathic patron in the royal family. Her father, George VI, used to heavily rely on homeopathy as well as the Queen mother who died at 101.
But while many may feel that alternative medicine has helped Queen Elizabeth be resilient into her 90s, homeopathy is essentially nothing more than a placebo. Hardliners even go on to call it quackery. As per the Guardian, the chief medical officer describes them as “rubbish”, the head of the NHS calls homeopathy “at best a placebo and a misuse of scarce NHS funds”. In fact, Queen Elizabeth’s homeopathic pharmacy came under scrutiny amid “quackery” accusations during the 2009 swine flu outbreak. The pharmacy had offered “sugar pills” swine flu patients, as per recently unearthed reports.
The head of the NHS calls homeopathy “at best a placebo and a misuse of scarce NHS funds”.
In light of the homeopathy-practicing Queen Elizabeth’s physiological susceptibility to COVID-19, the Buckingham Palace keeping quiet about the queen being tested for coronavirus could be a potential recipe for disaster.