Covid-19 and the royals and nobles

Updated: 7 January 2023

Since the start of the corona pandemic there has been a long list of royals and nobles that personally suffered of Covid-19 or even died. Of course it is often not announced whether people died of the Coronavirus or died  in a natural way. Of some people however it is known.

The royals and nobles that became ill:

  • Archduke Karl of Austria, aged 59, reported 10 March 2020, healthy after three weeks, reported on 27 March 2020
  • Reigning Prince Albert II of Monaco, aged 62, reported 19 March 2020, he recovered at home and was reported to be healthy again on 31 March 2020
  • Prince Pedro de Orléans e Bragança, aged 74, reported 1 April 2020, Earlier in March the family celebrated an engagement party, where several people appear to have been infected
  • Maria de Fátima Lacerda Rocha, aged 67, wife of above, reported 1 April 2020
  • Prince Antonio de Orleans e Bragança, aged 69, reported 19 March 2020, he was hospitalized.
  • Prince Francisco de Orleans e Bragança, aged 64, reported 19 March 2020, he recovers at home
  • Prince Alberto de Orleans e Bragança, aged 62, reported 19 March 2020, he recovers at home
  • Maritza Ribas Bockel, aged 58, wife of above, reported 1 April 2020
  • Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, aged 71, announced on 26 March 2020, reportedly ended his self-isolation on 30 March 2020
  • Andrew Parker Bowles, aged 80, descendant of the Earls of Macclesfield, ex-husband of the Duchess of Cornwall, reported 2 April 2020
  • George Brooksbank, aged 71, father-in-law of Princess Eugenie of York, reported 3 April 2020, taken into the intensive care. He spent nine weeks in hospital, but on 20 May 2020 it was reported that he had recovered.
  • Nicola Brooksbank, aged 66, mother-in-law of Princess Eugenie of York, reported 3 April 2020, recovering at home
  • Supposedly up to 150 members of the Saudi royal family are infected with the virus it was reported by the New York Times on 8 April 2020. Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is said to be in intensive care. The family is estimated to have about 15,000 members by the way.
  • Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, aged 66, was reported to have recovered on 19 April 2020.
  • Prince Laurent of Belgium on 7 May 2020 said that his wife Princess Claire was ill, but recovered. She didn’t have to go to hospital.
  • Princess Béatrice d’Orléans, countess of Evreux, aged 78, on 21 May 2020 said in an interview that she has been ill, but has recovered.
  • Prince Joachim of Belgium, aged 28, on 30 May 2020 was confirmed to be ill.
  • Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, the illegitimate daughter of Prince Albert II of Monaco on 15 July announced that she had been ill since July 4, but was starting to feel better.
  • Early September Prince Waleed bin Badr Al Saud of Saudi Arabia tweeted that he was on the road of recovery.
  • Only on 1 November 2020 it was reported that Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, aged 38, was ill in April. Palace sources have confirmed the news.
  • It was confirmed on 22 November 2020 that Princess Michael of Kent, aged 75, was diagnosed with Covid-19 three weeks earlier. She suffered of extreme fatigue and had terrible fevers, but was said to be on the mend. Also her husband isolated, but wasn’t infected.
  • The Swedish royal court announced on 26 November 2020 that Prince Carl Philip, aged 41, and Princess Sofia, aged 35, had tested positive for Covid-19. They only show mild symptoms and soon felt better again. The tests of other family members came back negative.
  • Also Tessy Antony-de Nassau reveiled on 2 December 2020 that she had tested positive and had already been ill for three days. Also she had mild symptoms.
  • On 7 December 2020 also Prince Christian of Denmark tested positive for Covid-19. He didn’t have symptoms, but was tested after an outbreak at his school. He remained in isolation until 14 December 2020.
  • On 8 February 2021 Countess Eloise of Orange-Nassau told she has tested positive for Covid-19 somewhere in the past year.
  • Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden were confirmed to have tested positive on 11 March 2021. They thus far have mild symptoms and went into quarantine with their children.
  • Former King Gyanendra Shah of Nepal (73) – he stepped down in 2008 -, his wife former Queen Komal Shah (70) and their daughter Princess Prerana have tested positive for Covid-19 after participating in the Mahakumbh at Haridwar, India. There were several restrictions during the event. They were admitted to the Norvic International Hospital in Kathmandu on 24 April. Their condition is said to be stable. The hospital announced on 29 April that Queen Komal has been kept in the ICU as there were difficulties in breathing and the lack of reduction in the oxygen levels. The King has been given oxygen support, but is stable, while the daughter is doing better than her parents.
  • On 22 August 2021 it was announced that Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway tested positive for Covid-19. Her family thus far tested negative.
  • On 2 September 2021 it became known that one of the younger children of the Belgian royal couple, either Prince Emmanuel or Princess Eléonore, had tested positive for Covid-19.
  • On 27 September 2021 Crown Prince Al Hussein of Jordan turned out to test positive.
  • In October 2021 Princess Delphine of Belgium became ill.
  • Also Prince Laurent of Belgium told late November 2021 that he had just recovered of Covid-19.
  • After a tour in the Caribic Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands had Covid-19, as was announced on 4 December 2021.
  • Crown Princess Mary of Denmark tested positive on 15 December 2021.
  • Sir Timothy Laurence, the husband of the Princess Royal, turned out to be positive on 22 December 2021.
  • On 4 January 2022 the Swedish royal court announced that both King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were ill.
  • Also on 4 January 2022 Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg tested positive.
  • For the second time Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden turned out to have Covid-19. Victoria on 8 January 2022, Daniel a day later.
  • On 9 January 2022 it was announced that former King Constantine II of Greece had been admitted to hospital with Covid-19.
  • Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson, and her husband Tord Magnuson confessed on 14 January that they had quarantined early 2022 with Covid-19.
  • Also Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg tested positive on 19 January 2022.
  • The youngest daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Emma, had Covid-19 in January 2022.
  • On 30 January 2022 Leah Behn, the second daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, tested positive for Covid-19.
  • The japanese princess Yoko turned out to have Covid-19 on 8 February 2022 and even spent some days in hospital with pneumonia.
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark was tested positive on 8 February 2022.
  • Another monarch joined the club on 9 February 2022: King Felipe VI of Spain.
  • On 10 February 2022 the Prince of Wales turned out to have Covid-19 for the second time.
  • Also the Duchess of Cornwall was infected this time, it turned out on 14 February 2022.
  • Princess Benedikte of Denmark was tested positive, as was announced on 17 February 2022.
  • Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain became ill and tested positive on 20 February 2022.
  • On 9 March 2022 Princess Lilly zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg announced she had Covid-19.
  • As was announced on 11 March 2022 also The Duke of Gloucester had become ill.
  • On 22 March 2022 the Norwegian royal court announced that King Harald V was ill with Covid-19.
  • The King and Queen of Malaysia have gone into quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19, it was reported on 2 April 2022.
  • A second time for Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco it was announced on 14 April 2022.
  • Queen Mathilde of the Belgians was diagnosed with Covid-19 on 20 April 2022.
  • The Duke of York, fortunately, missed the Platinum Jubilee as it turned out he had Covid-19 on 2 June 2022.
  • On 4 June 2022 it was confirmed that Princess Charlène of Monaco had tested positive.
  • King Mohammed VI of Morocco was reported to have an asymptomatic form of Covid-19 on 16 June 2022.
  • Crown Prince Haakon of Norway had to cancel engagements after having been diagnosed with Covid-19 on 26 June 2022.
  • On 5 July 2022 Queen Letizia of Spain tested positive.
  • Jazmin Grimaldi on 6 July 2022 announced she had Covid-19 for the second time.
  • On 13 July 2022 the 99-year-old Princess Yuriko of Japan turned out to have Covid-19.
  • The Japanese Princess Tsuguko was diagnosed with Covid-19 on 19 July 2022.
  • In Japan also Princess Akiko turned out to have Covid-19 on 31 July 2022. Due to her history of asthma attacks she was admitted to Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine Hospital in Kyoto.
  • The Danish royal court announced on 21 September 2022 Queen Margrethe II had Covid-19 for the second time.
  • Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco joined the list of royals who had Covid-19 on 14 October 2022.
  • On 16 November Princess Takamado tested positive, the fifth member of the family.
  • The King and Queen of Thailand turned out to have Covid-19 on 17 December, but only had mild symptoms.

These royals and nobles have officially died of the virus:

  • Carlos Falcó y Fernández de Córdoba, 12th Marqués de Castel-Moncayo, 5th Marqués de Griñón, died on 20 March 2020 at the Fundación Jiménez Diaz in Madrid, Spain, aged 83
  • Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma died on 26 March 2020 at the Hôpital Cochin in Paris, France, aged 86
  • Alexander Thynn, the 7th Marquess of Bath, died on 4 April 2020 at the Royal Bath United Hospital in Bath, United Kingdom, aged 87
  • Victor Batista Falla died in Havanna, Cuba, on 12 April 2020, aged 87. He was the maternal uncle of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.
  • AmaRharhabe Queen Noloyiso Sandile née Nomusa Zulu died on 8 July 2020 at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, Mdantsane township of East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa, aged 56.
  • Johannes Graf von Mirbach-Geldern-Egmont Prinz zu Hohenlohe-Jagstberg died on 6 July 2020 shortly after contracting COVID-19, aged 80.
  • Prince Tshekedi Dlamini of eSwatini died on 2 August in a private clinic in Swaziland.
  • Princess Ngabisa Dlamini of eSwatini died on 16 August 2020 at the Lubombo Referal Hospital in eSwatini.
  • Count Ferdinand Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau died in Vienna, Austria, on 22 November 2020, aged 86. He was a brother of Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein.
  • Johannes Fürst von Khevenhüller-Metsch died in Rome, Italy, on 26 November 2020, days after his 64th birthday. He had fallen into a coma a month earlier and never regained consciousness.
  • Former French President and former Co-Prince of Andorra Valéry Giscard d’Estaing died of Covid-19 at his home in Loir-et-Cher, France on 2 December 2020, aged 94.
  • Bapedi King, Victor Kgoshikgolo Thulare Thulare III (South Africa) died of Covid-19 complications on 6 January 2021, aged 40.
Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma

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