THE Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have received their Covid-19 vaccinations today, Buckingham Palace has said.
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The Queen and Prince Philip received the coronavirus jabCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The couple were given the immunisations from the royal household doctor.
The confirmation is unusual for the palace, with royal aides previously insisting it was a “personal decision” and a “private matter” as to whether the couple would be among the first Brits to receive the vaccination.
But it was reported that Her Majesty wanted to share the information to encourage fellow Britons to be vaccinated against the rampaging bug and to prevent inaccuracies and further speculation.
And Buckingham Palace today confirmed that both the Queen and Prince Philip had been given the jab.
They said in a statement: “The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations.”
Both the Queen and Prince Philip are included on the priority list for the vaccine as both are over 80.
They are now among the 1.5million Brits who have so far received the coronavirus vaccination.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has previously vowed that everyone in the top four vulnerable groups would receive a vaccine by his February 15 deadline.
The UK was the first in the world to authorise a vaccine and 17,500 people have this week joined The Sun’s Jabs Army crusade.
Praising Her Majesty, Health Secretary Matt Hancock wrote on Twitter: “I’m delighted that Her Majesty the Queen & HRH the Duke of Edinburgh have received their COVID vaccine. We are defeating this virus jab by jab.”
The Queen and Prince Philip are at Windsor Castle currently, having spent Christmas there instead of Sandringham for the first time in 33 years.
The Queen has been locked in a safe “HMS Bubble” at Windsor Castle during lockdown with only a short summer vacation in Scotland last year seeing her move.
She was forced to cancel a number of royal events last year due to the pandemic and again this year cancelled the garden parties at Buckingham Palace.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Prince Philip celebrated his 99th birthday while the Queen has continued her royal duties – socially distanced.
Her Majesty has held a number of calls over Zoom, even knighting Sit Tom Moore in a socially distanced ceremony.
And she urged Brits to come together during the pandemic in her Christmas speech, saying: “let hope guide us in unpredictable times”.
Both she and Prince Philip have also shared their thanks to frontline workers.
The couple received their jabs at Windsor Castle, the palace confirmedCredit: Alamy Live News
Prince Philip and the Queen have been in lockdown at Windsor CastleCredit: Handout – Getty
The couple are both considered on the priority list for the vaccine due to their ageCredit: Getty Images – Getty