The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh receive coronavirus vaccine
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have had the coronavirus vaccine, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
Her Majesty, 94, and the Duke, 99, were given the jab by a Household doctor at Windsor Castle.
There had been increasing speculation about whether or not the couple had received the vaccine and whether they would make it public, in order to encourage others to do the same.
The decision to let it be known they had been given the jab was made personally by the Queen, in order to prevent further discussion, sources confirmed. The royals’ medical matters usually remain strictly private.
The Queen and the Duke will have been in the second priority group, for those aged 80 and older, which follows care home residents and staff.
Palace aides had previously insisted that members of the Royal Family would not jump the queue for a vaccine
No10 is thought to have hoped that the couple would go public, giving the vaccine a royal seal of approval that would encourage others to follow suit.
In 1957, the Queen let it be known that Prince Charles and Princess Anne had been given the polio vaccine in order to counter public fears.