Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh have both received their COVID-19 vaccinations, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said.
To prevent further speculation and inaccuracies, the Queen, 94, decided to publicly announce that she has had the vaccination. Her husband Prince Philip is 99 years old.
Prince Charles, the couple’s son, had earlier tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and had to undergo isolation in March. Later, the 72-year-old prince said he was lucky only to experience mild symptoms. He added that he got away with it and was quite lucky.
Their grandson Prince William had tested positive for coronavirus earlier this year, as reported by the foreign press. The second-in-line to the British throne is, however, unclear when he contracted the virus.
The country has recorded a total of three million coronavirus cases with more than 80,000 deaths according to figures by Johns Hopkins University on Saturday. On Friday, UK reported 1,325 COVID-19 related fatalities which are its highest ever daily increase in deaths.
Meanwhile, the UK faces a deadly start to 2021 as a newer variant of COVID-19, which was first detected in the country, sweeps the nation. London mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident” on Friday with a statement, cautioning that the hospitals in the city were “close to being overrun.”
“The situation in London is now critical with the spread of the virus out of control,” Khan had said.