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Prince Charles and Camilla get their first COVID-19 vaccines

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·2-min read
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wear a face masks as they attend an event to thank local volunteers and key workers from organisations and charities in Berkshire, who will be volunteering or working to help others over the Christmas period in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle on December 8, 2020 in Windsor, England. During the event members of the Royal Family also listened to Christmas carols performed by The Salvation Army Band. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo - Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at an event to thank local volunteers and key workers from organisations and charities in Berkshire, in December 2020. (Max Mumby/Indigo – Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have received their first coronavirus vaccines, Clarence House has confirmed.

Camilla is reported to have received her jab at her Wiltshire home, where she has been based for the past few months.

Both royals are in their 70s and had said they would wait until the national rollout came to their turn, refusing the jump the queue for the vaccine.

It has not been revealed which of the vaccines they had.

A Clarence House spokesman said: “The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have had their first COVID-19 vaccinations.”

Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales wearing a protective mask speaks with NHS staff during a visit to a vaccination centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, in Gloucester, Britain December 17, 2020. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS

Prince Charles speaks to NHS staff during a visit to a vaccination centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in December 2020. (Chris Jackson/Reuters)

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have also made it known that they received their first coronavirus vaccines.

It is rare for Queen, 94, to disclose medical information, but it was thought she may because of the misinformation about the vaccines.

She and the duke, 99, have been living in Windsor Castle most of the time since March 2020, but she is said to be keen to return to royal duties in Buckingham Palace.

Charles, 72, and Camilla, 73, spent the first lockdown in Scotland, where they both had to self-isolate after Charles tested positive for coronavirus.

He only suffered mild symptoms and Camilla tested negative. Howeve,r they followed guidance at the time, with Charles self-isolating for seven days and Camilla for 14.

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After the lockdown eased they made their way back to their homes in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and have been using them as their bases for some royal duties.

Charles previously said he would "absolutely" get the vaccine when it was offered to him, but was careful to say he was "way down the list".

He and Camilla visited a vaccine hub near to them, at the beginning of the rollout.

Speaking to CNN he said: "I think vaccination is critical to ensure we have a way out of this, otherwise it is going to be very difficult."

Some 11 million people have been vaccinated in the UK so far.

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