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Queen Elizabeth on the corona pandemic : "It didn't hurt at all"

In her 69-year reign, it has hardly happened that Queen Elizabeth II breaks with tradition.

Whether leaving the EU or other political decisions: The Queen does not interfere. That is the iron rule that Elizabeth also adheres to. "As head of state, the Queen must remain strictly neutral in political matters," emphasizes Buckingham Palace on its website. "Observer" columnist Nick Cohen once referred to the regent as a "bogus head of state".

The Royals have stayed out of day-to-day business for centuries. Because in parliamentary democracy they can only keep their status if the members of parliament support the monarchy - and neither side should be angry for this.

There was therefore a stir when the Queen wore a blue hat with golden buttons at the opening of Parliament in June 2017 - one year after the Brexit vote. Did the Queen want to make her stand on leaving the EU clear with the outfit that was reminiscent of the EU flag? Just a coincidence, her stylist later emphasized. In another case, the palace reacted extremely angrily: Ex-Prime Minister David Cameron chatted that before the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 he had asked the Queen to call on the Scots to stay. Indeed, prior to the vote, during a service near her Scottish Balmoral estate, the Queen said she hoped people would “think very carefully about the future”.

Now the monarch has advertised the corona vaccination very clearly and even talked about the sewing box, at least compared to what the 94-year-old otherwise reveals.

Queen is reminded of other major pandemics

"It didn't hurt at all," said the Queen in a video call. "As far as I can tell, it was pretty harmless." The Queen's remarks are considered tremendous support for the vaccination campaign. The goal is obvious: Thanks to Her Majesty's approval, vaccine skeptics are to be convinced.

Queen Elizabeth II (94) feels reminded of other serious pandemics in view of the corona crisis. "I mean, it's a bit of a plague, isn't it?" The Queen said at a video conference with those in charge of the UK vaccination campaign. "Because we not only have the virus here, but it is everywhere, it is a strange fight that everyone is really waging." The monarch praised the joint effort against the pandemic. The sense of community reminds them of the Second World War. “It is very similar to back then, you know, when everyone pulled in the same direction.” She has the impression that memories of the war inspired today's sense of community in the fight against Corona.

The Queen and her husband Prince Philip (99) received their first vaccination against the corona virus on January 9. Now the queen surprisingly commented on her experience. "It didn't hurt at all," she said. “As soon as you have been vaccinated, you feel protected. I think that's very important. "The Queen emphasized:" It happened very quickly and I received a lot of letters from people who were very surprised at how easy it was to get the vaccine. "

The Queen's eldest son, heir to the throne, Prince Charles (72), and his wife Duchess Camilla (73) have already received a first dose. Grandson Prince William (38) recently emphasized that he was looking forward to his vaccination, but would wait for his turn. Both Charles and William had contracted the corona virus.

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Actually, information about the health of the royals is strictly private. With the announcement about her vaccination, the Queen wanted to put a stop to speculation and false information, as had been heard from palace circles. In an interview with those responsible for the delivery of the vaccines in the parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Queen expressed understanding that some people are afraid of the vaccination. "But you should think of other people rather than yourself."

The head of state praised the progress of the vaccination campaign. So far, according to official figures, around 18.7 million people in the UK have received a first dose, more than one in three adults. "I find it remarkable how quickly the whole thing is going and how many people have already been vaccinated," said the Queen. After the interview, Emily Lawson, who was responsible for vaccine delivery in England, emphasized that the Queen's statements were "an incredibly important vote of confidence in the program".

The royals had recently shown a stronger presence to demonstrate their support for the health services and nursing staff. Queen's daughter-in-law Sophie von Wessex (56) helped a vaccination center in London on Thursday. A spokeswoman for the first aid organization St John Ambulance said the wife of Prince Edward, the royal couple's youngest son, had completed the necessary training and worked as a volunteer. (dpa)

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