Prince Albert of Monaco is the first head of state to contract COVID-19.

By Isabel Jones
Updated Mar 19, 2020 @ 11:30 am
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Monaco’s reigning monarch, Prince Albert II, has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“His health is good. The Prince is being monitored by his doctor and treated by the specialists at the Princess Grace Hospital,” a statement from the palace read. "Prince Albert continues to work from his private apartment and is in close contact with the members of his cabinet, government, and closest collaborators.”

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Albert, 62, is the son of the late Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III. He wed Princess Charlene of Monaco 2011, with whom he shares five-year-old twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques. People reports that the twins’ health is “not a source of concern” at this time.

While Albert is the first head of state to announce his diagnosis, he isn’t the only royal who’s tested positive for COVID-19. Karl von Habsburg, the Archduke of Austria, has also contracted the virus. The 59-year-old revealed his diagnosis earlier this week, assuring his public he’s fine: “It’s annoying, but I’m fine. It’s not the Black Plague.”