Duchess of Cambridge self-isolating and forced to miss Buckingham Palace tea party for NHS workers

The Duchess of Cambridge has been forced into self-isolation after coming into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus, Kensington Palace has said.

She was alerted on Friday afternoon and began isolating immediately.

The Duchess, 39, was at Wimbledon on Friday, although she left earlier than usual, after watching one set of Dan Evans’s match on Centre Court.

She took lateral flow tests before her engagements at the Euros, last Wednesday, and Wimbledon and both were negative, royal aides said. She also followed the rules throughout Wimbledon about when to wear a mask. 

The Duchess has had both vaccinations and is understood to test twice weekly with lateral flow tests as part of the Royal Household testing regime.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “Last week The Duchess of Cambridge came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

"Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home."

The Duchess was also at the Euros last week with Prince William and Prince George

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The Duchess is understood to have been informed of the need to isolate personally, rather than via the NHS app. 

Government guidelines state that the ten-day period of isolation must begin when you last came into contact with the person who tested positive.

Royal aides declined to disclose specifically when this was, although it raises the prospect that she might not be able to present the Wimbledon trophies this weekend, which she did for the first time in 2019, as patron of the All England Tennis Club.

The Duchess received her first vaccine on Friday May 28, just five weeks ago but aides suggested she had her second after the rollout programme was accelerated.

Her last public engagement was at Wimbledon on Friday. Three days earlier, she attended England’s football match against Germany at Wembley Stadium.

Her isolation period means she will not be able to attend the service of thanksgiving for the NHS at St Paul’s Cathedral today, as scheduled, or join the Duke for an NHS Big Tea at Buckingham Palace.

The Duke will continue with both engagements alone.

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