Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Just Received the COVID-19 Vaccine
As the U.K. faced one of its deadliest weeks since the start of the pandemic, Queen Elizabeth, 94, and her husband, Prince Philip, 99, received COVID-19 vaccines.
On Saturday, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson revealed, "The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have today received COVID-19 vaccinations." The jabs were administered at Windsor Castle — where the couple has been waiting out the health crisis — by a household doctor.
It was not disclosed which company's vaccine the royals were given, however, all require a second shot approximately a month after the initial dose. A source confirmed that the queen wanted her vaccination to be public in order to prevent speculation and inaccuracies concerning the vaccine's safety.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are among more than 1.3 million people who have been vaccinated in Britain, where priority has been given to the elderly who are the most vulnerable to the virus. And it appears as if the queen is hopeful for things to return to normal soon.
According to The Sunday Times, the monarch is determined to "get back to business," and wants to return to London for her 95th birthday parade (aka Trooping the Colour) in June. If all goes according to plan, the event will mark the first major national celebration since the pandemic began.
"The current plan is for the Queen's birthday parade to go ahead in London as normal, with the acceptance that it may need to be adapted or scaled back depending on what guidelines are in force at the time," a senior royal aide confirmed. "But the aspiration and the ultimate desire is to make it happen."
A final decision regarding the celebration is expected to be made this spring.
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