This Thursday will be very sweet for the Cornwalls! Duchess Camilla has just finished self-isolation at Birkhall, the home she and Prince Charles share on the Royal Family's Balmoral estate in Scotland – just in time for their wedding anniversary!
The Duchess of Cornwall had been in self-isolation following her husband's positive COVID-19 test in March. The Prince of Wales has since recovered from the coronavirus, and ended his isolation after seven days, which is in line with current United Kingdom health recommendations. Camilla, however, stayed isolated for a further week.
The two are likely very happy to see each other again, and it will likely make their 15th anniversary on April 9 even sweeter. Not only will they celebrate their marriage this weekend, which falls on Maundy Thursday, but they'll also get to spend Easter together.
Charles continued to work at Birkhall in isolation while he was healing from his coronavirus infection, which thankfully only gave him mild symptoms. On April 3, he appeared by video link to help open the NHS Nightingale Hospital in London, which will treat COVID-19 patients. He thanked first responders and NHS volunteers in some remarks while he did the honours.
Two days earlier, the future King appeared in another video shot at Birkhall, in which he discussed what it was like to have COVID-19.
"I now find myself on the other side of the illness, but still in no less a state of social distance and general isolation," he said.
"As we are all learning, this is a strange, frustrating and often distressing experience when the presence of family and friends is no longer possible and the normal structures of life are suddenly removed.
"At such an unprecedented and anxious time in all our lives, my wife and I are thinking particularly of all those who have lost their loved ones in such very difficult and abnormal circumstances, and of those having to endure sickness, isolation and loneliness."
Charles isn't the only royal to speak out about COVID-19 this week. On April 5, the Queen made a rare address from Windsor Castle, in which she stressed that the world will beat the coronavirus by working together and staying united in the fight against it.
"This time, we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us," she said.
Her Majesty The Queen addresses the UK and the Commonwealth in a special broadcast recorded at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/HjO1uiV1Tm
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 5, 2020
"We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again. But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all."
As of this writing, the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine says there have been nearly 1,300,000 cases of COVID-19 in 183 countries and regions. The illness has caused more than 70,000 deaths worldwide. More than 270,000 people have also recovered from COVID-19.