Queen and Prince Philip receive coronavirus vaccinations at Windsor Castle
The Royals got their jabs today (Image: PA)
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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have today received the Covid-19 vaccination, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The jabs were administered to the couple by a Household Doctor at Windsor Castle, a royal source confirmed today.
The monarch decided to go public to prevent further speculation as to whether she was going to have the vaccine.
The become the second and third royals to go public after Queen Margrethe of Denmark announced earlier this week that has received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, becoming the first European royal to publicly acknowledge being vaccinated.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations.”
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Royal aides have previously said it was a "personal decision" and "private matter" but it was widely understood that the Queen would would "let it be known" when she received the vaccine.
The Queen's public backing will no doubt be seen as a powerful message to her 68 million subjects that the vaccine is safe.
At 94 and Prince Philip at 99 they were set to be some of the first in line to receive the vaccine but aides said the couple "would wait their turn" quelling any argument that they would see preferential treatment.
The announcement is also a huge boost to the anti-vaccination movement which Prime Minister Boris Johnson dismissed this week and said anyone arguing against the vaccine programme needed to "grow up".
Prince Charles, 72, has also confirmed in recent weeks that he will have the vaccine but said he would "wait my turn."
Buckingham Palace did not confirm whether the royal couple have had Pfizer or Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted this afternoon: "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."