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Prince Charles, 71, is seen up and about despite battling coronavirus as he joins applause for NHS

Prince Charles was seen looking well as he applauded the NHS despite being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Charles, 71, tested positive for Covid-19 but turned out to applaud medical workers who are battling the pandemic.

People across the country showed their appreciation for the health service by coming to their windows and balconies to cheer and set off fireworks.

The Prince of Wales – who is self-isolating at the Balmoral estate in Scotland – clapped by his window at Birkhall House as did the Duchess of Cornwall, who has been cleared.

Touching footage surfaced on the Clarence House Instagram profile, with images also showing the Royal couple meeting frontline workers.

Accompanying the images were the messages ‘Thank you to you all’, ‘#ClapForOurCarers’ and ‘#ThankYouNHS’. 

It came on Britain’s darkest day yet during the pandemic as the death toll jumped to 578 after 113 more fatalities were confirmed. There have now been 11,658 cases of Covid-19 in the UK. 

Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte also led Britons in showing their appreciation for the NHS who are slaving away day and night to try to stem the number of deaths from the deadly coronavirus. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a video on Instagram of the young Royals – six, one and four respectively – laughing and clapping together in a garden.

The post on Kensington Palace’s account read: ‘To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you.’

The Queen, who is staying at Windsor Castle, added the country is ‘enormously thankful’ for the commitment of all those working in science, health and the emergency and public services, while her son Prince Charles applauded from Scotland where he is self-isolating after testing positive for the virus.

Charles’s doctor believes the royal may have been contagious from March 13 at the earliest – just 24 hours after he last saw his 93-year-old mother the Queen, who is in self-isolation at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip, 98. 

His team have been informing anyone who met or came close to him while he was contagious – and those people are expected to go into self-isolation if they haven’t already, according to the Telegraph. 

It came as NHS Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood defended the decision to test the royal couple, saying there were ‘very good reasons’ but she couldn’t disclose them because of patient confidentiality.

But Clarence House refused to comment on the Prince of Wales’s health after Dr Calderwood appeared to hint Charles and Camilla might have underlying medical conditions that made a coronavirus test necessary. 

A source said it was still ‘business as usual’ for Charles, adding: ‘The general plan is the prince will continue maintaining a diary of work but it will be done through telephone calls and digital conferencing. 

‘He is likely to focus on core areas – his Sustainable Markets Council work for the environment, his Prince’s Foundation and Prince’s Trust work.’

 

 

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