Queen Elizabeth, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, receive COVID-19 vaccine


Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have been vaccinated amid the ongoing pandemic.

The 94-year-old royal and her 99-year-old husband were given the first dose of the coronavirus vaccination, the Buckingham Palace announced.

According to PEOPLE, a royal source confirmed that the vaccines were administered by a Household Doctor at Windsor Castle.

While it's unusual for the palace to reveal private medical details, the palace spokesperson revealed that the "decision was taken by Her Majesty to let it be known to prevent inaccuracies and further speculation.”

Due to their age, both the monarch and her husband are considered to be in the high risk category for contracting the novel virus.

The royal family hasn’t been spared from the pandemic.

Prince Charles, 71, tested positive in March and was reported to have “mild symptoms.”

Prince William, the Queen’s grandson and second in line to the throne, also tested positive for the virus shortly after in April but reportedly did not announce it as to not worry the public.

Since March, the Queen has been quarantining with her husband at Windsor Castle, where they also spent the holidays. This was quite the shake-up as the family has spent the holidays at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk for the past three decades.

The Queen also limited many engagements amid the pandemic and canceled all garden parties in 2021.

The vaccination comes on the heels of London and Scotland’s new lockdown that may extend until at least mid-February, per London’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

London is currently under a Tier 4 lockdown, which requires citizens to stay home unless they are grocery shopping, exercising, going to the doctor, or going to work.

Queen Elizabeth isn’t the first European sovereign to get vaccinated as Denmark's Queen Margrethe was the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine publicly just last week.

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