King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have tested negative for Covid-19. The Royal House confirmed the results in a short statement.
The couple were tested after Letizia met government minister, Irene Montero, who has since been diagnosed with coronavirus. Several other leading politicians are also in quarantine as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. Queen Letizia will continue to undergo temperature checks.
Spain’s Royal Family also cancelled its remaining engagements for this week once it was confirmed that Felipe and Letizia were being checked for coronavirus. They were last seen in public on Wednesday when they attended a memorial in Paris for victims of terrorism. Their agenda for the coming seven days hasn’t yet been shared. However, Spanish media reported on Friday that the State Visit to the United States, scheduled to start on April 20th, is still set to go ahead although the situation will continue to be monitored.
Several of Europe’s ruling houses have altered their itineraries in the wake of the virus spreading across the continent. King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway are in quarantine, following new government rules there which require anyone who has travelled overseas since February 27th to self isolate as a precautionary measure. The couple have just returned from a State Visit to Jordan.
Meanwhile, the Danish Royal Family has cancelled all its engagements until April as schools and universities across the country are closed and Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria called off celebrations for her name day which were set to take place in central Stockholm on March 12th. The Dutch Royal Family has also had to put off several events and the Royal Palace in Amsterdam will be shut to visitors for several weeks.