The Queen meets guests at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2019 (AFP / Yui Mok)

Buckingham Palace did not say the Queen tested positive for coronavirus

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Multiple news reports circulating in Nigeria claim that Buckingham Palace has announced Britain’s Queen Elizabeth tested positive for COVID-19. Although the Queen’s eldest son was diagnosed with the disease, the Palace said the monarch herself is “in good health”.

“Royal Palace confirms Queen Elizabeth tests positive for coronavirus,” reads the headline on an article shared more than 1,500 times on Facebook since it was posted on March 28.

AFP found dozens more reports from news sites, mostly based in Nigeria, that published the claims. We’ve archived some of them here, here and here.

Screenshot of the false claim shared on Facebook, taken on March 30, 2020

A report from Nigerian site Bluenews published the claims alongside a doctored picture of the British monarch wearing a face mask.

“Her Majesty the Queen of England has tested positive to Coronavirus, although she’s show (sic) no symptoms of weakness at the moment as we hear she’s in good Condition!” the article reads.

AFP ran a reverse image search and traced the original version of the photo to an article by The Daily Mail newspaper on the Queen attending church on Christmas Day in 2017.

Screenshots of a doctored image of the Queen (left) and the original photo (right)

Royal officials announced on March 30 that the Queen’s eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, was no longer in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.

Concerns were also raised for the health of the 93-year-old monarch after Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson also tested positive for the disease.

But Buckingham Palace has made no announcement that the Queen herself has been diagnosed with the disease.

On March 27, a Palace spokesman said the Queen “remains in good health” and was “following all the appropriate advice with regards to her welfare”.

The Queen has been staying with her 98-year-old husband Prince Philip at Windsor Castle in southeast England since March 19.

AFP previously debunked false reports that the Pope tested positive for COVID-19.