Smiling Queen ‘got second Covid jab before’ first public engagement in 5 months

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The Queen has reportedly joined millions of other Brits and received her second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

The 94-year-old was given the shot ahead of her first public appearance in five months on Tuesday, claims The Sun.

Her Majesty went maskless and was cheered at an air force celebration in Runnymede, Surrey, after spending months at Windsor Castle in lockdown.

She told crowds she was "delighted" to be outdoors in her first public engagement since November.

She stepped out of her Covid bubble and was treated to a Red Arrows flypast at the centenary celebrations of the Royal Australian Air Force.

She told onlookers: "It is a rather nice day. I'm delighted to be here."

George Brandis QC, Australian High Commissioner, told her travel rules had stranded many Australians in Britain.

She quickly replied: “There are worse places to be stuck.”

The Queen wore a green and ivory dress and jacket by Angela Kelly with a matching hat, which had flowers on the rim.

She wore a wattle brooch gifted to her on her first tour of Australia in 1954.

Her last public engagement took place in October at Porton Down, Wiltshire, alongside grandson Prince William.

She led Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph on November 8.

Husband Prince Philip was absent at the flypast this week, after recently undergoing heart surgery and spending a month in hospital.

The 99-year-old, alongside the Queen, received their first jabs in January.

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The Daily Star has approached Palace aides for comment, they refused to comment officially on their second doses to The Sun.

A source claimed to the outlet: "Given the Queen has decided to make a public appearance so close to 12 weeks after the announcement of receiving her first vaccine it is clear she has already had her second.

“Aides won’t have wanted to put her at any risk.

“It is obviously much more reassuring to know that anyone who has received two doses of the vaccine is so well protected — even aged 94.”

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The UK has passed the 30million milestone of first doses for Brits.

Figures reveal 270, 526 people received their second jab on Tuesday, taking the total to 4.1million.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Getting the second dose is so important to maintaining protection for yourself and your loved ones.

“The programme is a huge success for the UK and I am delighted that so many people are coming forward for their first dose but also crucially their second."

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