The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have today had the coronavirus vaccine, reports indicate.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed Her Majesty, 94, and the Duke, 99, were given the jab by a Household doctor at Windsor Castle.
There had been increasing speculation about whether or not the couple had received the vaccine and whether they would make it public, in order to encourage others to do the same.
The decision to let it be known they had been given the jab was made personally by the Queen, in order to prevent further discussion, sources confirmed. The royals’ medical matters usually remain strictly private.
The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, are among around 1.5 million people in the UK to have had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine so far.
People aged over 80 in the UK are among the high-priority groups which are being given the vaccine first.
The couple have been spending the lockdown in England at their Windsor Castle home after deciding to have a quiet Christmas at their Berkshire residence, instead of the traditional royal family gathering at Sandringham