Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, and Prince Philip. File/AFP
Gulf Today Report
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were given their COVID-19 vaccinations on Saturday, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
The 94-year-old monarch and Prince Philip, 99, were given the coronavirus jab at Windsor Castle, according to the Independent.
The palace, which rarely comments on private health issues regarding the royal family, has also said that the vaccinations were administered by a royal household doctor.
It is understood that the Queen wanted to publicly announce she and Prince Philip had been vaccinated against the virus in order to prevent speculation and misinformation.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have today received COVID-19 vaccinations.”
It is not known which vaccine the Queen and Prince Philip were given.
The news comes as the third COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the UK. On Friday, it was announced that the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine has been approved, following the Pfizer and Oxford vaccine, which were approved last year.
Prince William is encouraging everyone in Britain to follow the example of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip by having the coronavirus vaccine.
The extravagant display of pomp and pageantry, a highlight of the royal calendar that typically attracts thousands of tourists to line the streets of central London, has only been canceled once before during almost 70 years of the queen’s reign — in 1955, during a national rail strike.
No vaccine has yet been approved to treat or prevent COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus that has killed more than 659,000 people and unleashed economic havoc worldwide.
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