Covid Norway: King Harald and Queen Sonja, both 83, receive vaccine

King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, both 83, become latest royals to announce they have received the Covid-19 vaccine – days after the Queen and Prince Philip had the jab

  • King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, both 83, were given Covid vaccine
  • The royal couple are set to receive the second jab in three weeks time 
  • Comes after Queen and Prince Philip were given Covid vaccine by royal doctor
  • Queen Margrethe of Denmark was the first royal to announce she had had the jab

King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway have become the latest royals to announce they have received the Covid-19 vaccination.

The royal couple, both 83, revealed they were inoculated with the jab yesterday, with a brief statement from the Royal Court reading: ‘His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen have today been vaccinated against the coronavirus. 

‘The royal couple will receive the next vaccine in three weeks.’

The announcement comes days after Buckingham Palace revealed the Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, have been given the Covid-19 vaccination at Windsor Castle.

King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, both 83, have become the latest royals to announce they have received the Covid-19 vaccination

King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, both 83, have become the latest royals to announce they have received the Covid-19 vaccination

The Monarch and Prince Philip have joined more than 1.5million people across Britain who have been given the jab since the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was approved for use in December. 

The UK has since permitted the use of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca jab, alongside an inoculation against coronavirus developed by Moderna.   

News of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s vaccination is unusual from Buckingham Palace, which rarely comments on the private health matters of the royal couple.    

It is understood the Queen decided the information should be made public to prevent inaccuracies and further speculation.

The announcement comes days after Buckingham Palace revealed the Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, have been given the Covid-19 vaccination at Windsor Castle

The announcement comes days after Buckingham Palace revealed the Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, have been given the Covid-19 vaccination at Windsor Castle

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations.’ 

A royal source confirmed the injections were administered by a Household Doctor at Windsor Castle.

The Queen and Philip have been spending lockdown sheltering at their Berkshire home after deciding to have a quiet Christmas and forgo the traditional royal family gathering at Sandringham.

Confirmation of the royal couple’s inoculations comes a month after British grandmother Margaret Keenan, 91, became the first person in the world to receive a Covid-19 vaccination on December 8.   

Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 80, was the first royal to receive the Covid-19 vaccine and was inoculated on New Year's Day

Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 80, was the first royal to receive the Covid-19 vaccine and was inoculated on New Year’s Day

It has since been offered to people over 80 or those who are at high risk from the virus, with people who live or work in care homes also top of the list to receive the jab. 

Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 80, was the first royal to receive the Covid-19 vaccine and was inoculated on New Year’s Day, according to a brief statement issued by the Royal Court.

It was also confirmed that the monarch would receive the second dose in around three weeks as is usual with the batch. 

The statement from the Danish royal house read: ‘Her Majesty the Queen was vaccinated today against COVID-19. The Queen will be re-vaccinated in about three weeks’ time.’

Other world leaders to have already been vaccinated include US president-elect Joe Biden, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Czech prime minister Andrej Babis and Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

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