Queen: Covid-19 vaccine ‘message of hope’ says expert
Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, have both received doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, a palace source confirmed on Saturday. The royal couple have been isolating at Windsor Castle throughout the pandemic and the decision to share their vaccine news broke away from royal norms.
Health information about the Royal Family is usually a closely-guarded secret and the palace were thought unlikely to share when the Queen and Philip received their jabs.
Nonetheless, the unprecedented circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic seem to have prompted the royals to change tack.
On Saturday a palace source confirmed the Queen and Philip’s vaccinations were administered by a household doctor at Windsor Castle.
People aged over 80 in the UK are among the high-priority groups who are being given the vaccine first.
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The insider added the Queen decided to let it be known she had the vaccination to prevent further speculation.
Could Prince Charles, Camilla and Princess Anne copy the Queen?
Prince Charles, 72, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 73, and Princess Anne, 70, are the royals most likely to next receive the vaccine due to their age.
Whether or not they choose to copy the Queen and share when they have received the vaccine remains to be seen.
Health matters regarding senior members of the Firm are usually kept private but the royals could choose to share when they have had the vaccine in order to encourage more Britons to have it.
Prince Charles was the first British Royal Family member to test positive for Covid-19 in March.
The future king recovered from the virus after suffering only minor symptoms and went onto lead the Royal Family’s efforts in thanking NHS staff and frontline workers across the country.
It was later revealed Prince William, 38, also tested positive for Covid-19 in April but it was kept secret at the time as the Duke did not want his health news to detract from wider national issues.
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As future heads of the Royal Family, Charles and Camilla could send a powerful message to Britons if they too choose to share when they have been vaccinated.
Princess Anne is known for her low-key demeanour and the lower-ranking royal is perhaps less likely to share when she has the jab.
One key detail not included in yesterday’s palace announcement was which vaccine the Queen and Prince Philip had been given.
On Friday a third coronavirus vaccine – made by US company Moderna – was approved for use in the UK, joining the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines already approved by UK regulators.
All the approved vaccines require two doses to provide the best possible protection, with the second dose being given up to 12 weeks after the first.
The Queen and Philip have been based at Windsor Castle since March and are expected to remain there throughout the third lockdown.
There is a chance the Duke of Edinburgh could return to Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate once lockdown ends and he has received both doses of the vaccine.
Express.co.uk has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.
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