Britain's Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office has said.

The 71-year-old is displaying mild symptoms of Covid-19 "but otherwise remains in good health", Clarence House said in a statement.

He and his 72-year-old wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are self-isolating at their home in Scotland.

The Duchess has been tested also but does not have the virus. 

Clarence House said: "The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus.

"He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.

"The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.

"The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing."

Charles had been displaying "mild symptoms" over the weekend before being tested on Monday.

His last public engagement was on 12 March and he met the 93-year-old Queen privately on the same.

His father, the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, was not at that meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

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