The Queen has stayed at Balmoral after staff member tests positive for Covid

The Queen has chosen to stay at Balmoral for her summer break after a staff member tested positive for Covid.

The employee was reportedly sent home to recover on Saturday following a positive PCR test, with a source reportedly telling The Sun: "All the staff at Balmoral are tested for Covid daily and on Saturday this person showed up as positive.

"They were sent home and the staff canteen and bar were shut. They’re on a separate block on the estate," they continued.

But in an effort to "get back to normal" after the death of her husband Prince Phillip, Her Majesty is carrying on as usual and enjoying the last of summer at the Scottish retreat.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "We have procedures in place should a member of any team get Covid."

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The Queen is reported to have a full house staying with her at the Aberdeenshire estate, including sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, as well as her granddaughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

"Although Her Majesty is 95 and has been double jabbed, the feeling is she still has to be careful yet she’s determined to carry on as normal," the source added. "She does not want to overreact."

But precautions are being undertaken, with all workers being told to wear face masks and to socially distance in the wake of staff member testing positive.

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

Balmoral has become a safe haven for the royals and is the Queen's favourite of her six estates. By the sounds of things, Her Majesty seems to be been having a lovely time in Scotland. From meeting a Shetland pony to playing a joke on tourists who didn't recognise her, it's wonderful to see the Queen enjoying her summer break.

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