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In The Queen's Footsteps, Prince William's Vaccine Update
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In The Queen's Footsteps, Prince William's Vaccine Update

Prince William is on his way to full vaccination status after contracting COVID-19 over a year ago.

“On Tuesday, I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” the royal wrote in a tweet shared on Thursday by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Twitter account. “To all those working on the vaccine rollout - thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do.”

The Duke of Cambridge is wearing a blue surgical mask and a dark blue sweater in a photo accompanying the tweet.

Earlier this week, the royal received his vaccine from National Health Service (NHS) staff at London's Science Museum.

On Tuesday, I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; thank you to everyone involved in the vaccine rollout for all you've done and continue to do. pic.twitter.com/8QP6ao5fEb — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) May 20, 2021

He follows in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth, the late Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who all publicly announced when they had received their vaccinations, which is especially important for the royals.

Despite the palaces' tendency to withhold information about all aspects of royal family members' health, royal officials announced in January that the queen's vaccination status would be made public in order to avoid inaccuracies and further speculation.

Her Majesty "decided that she would let it be known she has had the vaccination," according to the palace statement.

In February, a Clarence House spokesperson announced that “The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have received their first COVID-19 vaccinations.”

COVID-19 was contracted by both Prince Charles and Prince William last year.

The Duke of Cambridge later faced backlash after The Sun reported that William contracted COVID-19 in April but kept his diagnosis hidden at the time, as both the Prince of Wales and Prime Minister Boris Johnson were also fighting the virus.

According to the outlet, the royal was "hit pretty hard by the virus" and "was struggling to breathe, so obviously everyone around him was pretty panicked."

Kensington Palace did not respond at the time, but it did not deny the report.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge faced backlash in December of last year after the Daily Mail published photos of the royals and their three children walking on a holiday trail with Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex and their two children (Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn).

Although anonymous royal sources told the Daily Mail that the groups "arrived and departed in their own family groups," the two groups appeared to mix slightly, which violated Tier 2 restrictions in place at the time, which prohibited different households from socializing outdoors if their numbers totaled more than six people.

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