Did Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Other Royals Already Get the COVID-19 Vaccines?
With coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines rolling out in many places around the globe, many are keeping an eye on who gets what and when. Britain’s royal family had two key members contract the virus and now some are wondering if given their advanced ages, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are planning on getting or have already gotten the vaccine.
Read on to find out the answer to that, plus which royal just announced that they will let the public know once they receive the first dose even though it might be a while.
Where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are living during the lockdown
England recently went into another lockdown as the country tries to slow down the spread of the virus. The city of London has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic so in March the queen moved out of Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle with Philip.
This marked the first time in two years that the monarch and her husband were living under the same roof. Since his retirement, the Duke of Edinburgh had been staying at a royal estate in Norfolk while his wife continued to work at the palace in the city.
The couple will remain at Windsor together for the foreseeable future.
Did they receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
Britain began distributing the first doses of the vaccine on Dec. 8, 2020, and on Jan. 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace confirmed to the Associated Press that both the queen and the prince received the first doses of the shot. Deadline reported that the pair got the Pfizer/BioNTech version of the vaccine.
The royal family matriarch and patriarch are 94 and 99 years old. And as the BBC noted. those over the age of 80 are part of the high-priority groups who are being given the vaccine first in the U.K.
This royal will announce when he is able to get the first dose
So now we know the queen and Philip got theirs, but what about other members of their family?
Well according to the Express, Prince Charles plans on getting the vaccine as soon as he is able and when that happens he will announce it to the public. It’s believed that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be getting hers around the same time Charles does.
The future king revealed in March 2020 that he had the virus. At the time Clarence House released a statement which read, “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health.”
Charles’ eldest son, Prince William, also contracted the virus in April. but didn’t reveal his diagnosis for several months. The Sun noted that the Duke of Cambridge said the reason for that was because “There were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone.”