Duchess of Cornwall wearing green at a previous engagement
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Duchess of Cornwall pulls out of Cheltenham as she recovers from health battle

The duchess still has a slight cough after battling COVID

The Duchess of Cornwall has decided to cancel her appearance at Cheltenham Festival today (March 16), after recovering from COVID-19.

Camilla, who first tested positive for the virus last month, was due to present the trophy to the winning owner, jockey and trainer of the Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase.

However, Camilla will no longer attend.

Duchess of Cornwall wearing a red jacket at an engagement
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, is no longer attending Cheltenham today (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Duchess of Cornwall to miss Cheltenham

Clarence House confirmed the duchess would not be attending the Cheltenham Festival.

The cancelled engagement marks Camilla’s second in one week.

It comes after she recently revealed she has been left with a cough in the aftermath of the virus.

I still can’t get shot of it.

During a recent visit, she shared: “Well, it’s taken me three weeks and I still can’t get shot of it.

“Probably my voice might suddenly go coughing and spluttering.”

The duchess tested positive last month, shortly after husband Prince Charles also contacted the virus.

Duchess of Cornwall and husband Charles wearing a mask
Charles has also battled COVID in recent weeks (Credit: SplashNews.com)

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At the time, a Clarence House spokesman said: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating.

“We continue to follow government guidelines.”

The duchess has had three vaccinations.

Camilla celebrates Commonwealth Day

Earlier this week, Prince Charles and Camilla joined Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day service.

However, the Queen didn’t attend after reportedly struggling with mobility issues.

Despite this, the 95-year-old monarch still marked the occasion and issued a message ahead of the ceremony.

The Duchess of Cornwall is expected to be introduced as Queen when the Accession Council meets
The Duchess of Cornwall still has a cough after battling coronavirus (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Her message read: “In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it has given me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947…

“…that my life will always be devoted in service.

“Today, it is rewarding to observe a modern, vibrant and connected Commonwealth that combines a wealth of history and tradition with the great social, cultural and technological advances of our time.”

Read more: Queen ‘could miss Prince Philip service of thanksgiving’ following Harry ‘snub’

Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen wouldn’t be attending the Commonwealth Day service.

Meanwhile, Palace aides are reportedly advising the Queen to ‘pace herself’.

This is so she can attend the memorial service for the late Prince Philip later this month.

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