he Queen has sent a message of congratulations to Team GB’s Olympic medal-winning curling teams following her Covid diagnosis.
It said: “I send my warmest congratulations to the Team GB women’s curling team on your outstanding performance in winning the gold medal at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, following the silver medal achieved by the men’s curling team yesterday.
“I know that your local communities and people throughout the United Kingdom will join me in sending our good wishes to you, your coaches and the friends and family who have supported you in your great success.”
The message was signed off “ELIZABETH R”.
In total, Great Britain claimed two medals at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Eve Muirhead’s women’s curling team won a gold medal after a sensational 10-3 victory against Japan on the final day of the Games.
“This is a moment I dreamed of as a young child,” said a plainly emotional Muirhead afterwards. “Having lost two semi-finals then come through that great battle against Sweden, we knew this was an opportunity we might never get again.
“It has definitely been a rollercoaster journey for the whole team. From not finishing the top six at the world championships, we had to come back and it was hard.
“There were times I wanted to throw my shoes in the cupboard and never get them out again. But we all came back and got this new team together and came through the Europeans and the qualifiers.
“There have been ups and downs, there have been a couple of positive tests, but here we are, five very healthy girls with gold medals around our necks.”
Great Britain’s men’s team – led by Bruce Mouat – came close but finished with a silver medal after a narrow 5-4 loss to Sweden.
The congratulatory message comes as Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen has contracted Covid-19.
The monarch, 95, is experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms” but still expects to carry out “light duties” in the coming week.
She has fallen ill after it was confirmed she had been in direct contact with her eldest son Prince Charles during the week he tested positive for the disease.