Queen Margrethe Is First European Royal to Announce She Received the COVID-19 Vaccine

Chloe Foussianes
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Queen Margrethe of Denmark has received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first European royal to publicly acknowledge being vaccinated.

The Royal Danish House announced the news on January 1 with a short statement. "Her Majesty The Queen has been vaccinated against COVID-19 today. The Queen will receive a follow-up vaccination in approximately three weeks," it read.

Margrethe is 80 years old, and due to her age, she was qualified to receive the vaccine early on in the rollout process, per People. Denmark has been particularly efficient at distributing the vaccine; per Euronews, one week after the bloc's rollout began, Denmark had achieved the highest vaccination rate per capita in the EU; 0.78% of the population received the first dose by January 2.

Queen Margrethe is also the second royal in the world to acknowledge receiving the vaccine, after Middle East news organizations reported that Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, 70, had the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on December 16.

It remains an open question as to when other royals will be vaccinated. In Europe, it's likely to vary widely, due to differences in countries' rollout plans, and, possibly, individual royals' risk factors.

For their part, Queen Elizabeth, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, will reportedly announce when they do get vaccinated. The Windsors will "let it be known" when they have received a dose, a source recently told the Times—and thus far, such an announcement hasn't been made.

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