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European Royals

European monarchs show strength as they work through COVID infections


Sara Friberg, The Royal Court of Sweden

Although they have COVID-19, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg have not let the virus get the best of them.

Both monarchs have continued to work behind the scenes as they battle the infection.

King Carl Gustaf has had to adjust his agenda due to health measures as he was due to attend the National Conference of the People and Defense alongside Crown Princess Victoria. Since the King cannot attend in person, he has adapted and will appear virtually while his daughter still attends in person.

He and Queen Silvia are said to be symptom-free and doing well. The Royal Court has not ruled out the King attending the conference in person next week if he is cleared to do so and is still feeling well.

His next in-person engagement is scheduled for 19 January, when he is set to join Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel in meeting with the Swedish Olympic Committee ahead of the Winter Olympics next month in China.

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg has sworn in three new ministers remotely from Berg Castle while the ministers were in the Grand Ducal Palace. The Royal Court has said he will continue to undertake virtual engagements. He is said to only have mild symptoms.

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg all announced they had tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday as the Omicron variant sweeps across Europe. All three have been fully vaccinated and received their booster shots.

Just before Christmas, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark tested positive, as did Princess Beatrix (former Queen) of the Netherlands. Both have fully recovered.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.