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THE QUEEN made a "significant move" by breaking royal protocol in her announcement she and husband Prince Philip had received the coronavirus vaccine, years after she went public with medical details over another jab.

PUBLISHED: 16:23, Sat, Jan 9, 2021 | UPDATED: 16:23, Sat, Jan 9, 2021

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Queen: Covid-19 vaccine ‘message of hope’ says expert

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh have received the Covid-19 jab, officials confirmed today, with the Queen adament the public should be told. Sources at Buckingham Palace announced the jabs were administered by a household doctor at Windsor Castle. It makes the couple among 1.5 million people in the UK to have had at least one dose of the jab so far.

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The Queen's decision to go public with the vaccine update, will no doubt please the likes of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who - in a bid to ease public concern over the jab - said he would take a dose of drug last year.

It is highly unusual for the Queen - or other members of Buckingham Palace - to discuss their health.

This was particularly clear with Prince Philip, where updates on his health have been limited over the last years.

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Today's announcement to sway public opinion echoed a similar time when the Queen herself confirmed two of her children would be given the vaccine for the highly controversial polio jab during the Fifties.

Queen 'broke royal protocol' over jab before her 'unusual' Covid-19 jab confessionQueen 'broke royal protocol' over jab before her 'unusual' Covid-19 jab confession (Image: GETTY)

The Queen and Prince Philip in the FortiesThe Queen and Prince Philip in the Forties (Image: GETTY)

In that decade, concern surrounding the polio vaccine gripped Britain.

It emerged after some children who had been given the drug actually contracted the disease. Others sadly perished in the US.

When the drug was rolled out in the UK, the Queen showed her confidence in the vaccine by confirming her two children had received the jab.

At the time, it was reported in the Daily Mail that Prince Charles and Princess Anne - then aged eight and six - had been given two injections by Harley Street specialist Dr Wilfrid Percy Henry Sheldon.

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The Queen and her two young children around the time of the polio jabThe Queen and her two young children around the time of the polio jab (Image: GETTY)

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