Prince Charles & Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Make First In-Person Royal Visit of 2021

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are paying a visit.

The royal couple made a visit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Wednesday (February 17) to meet healthcare workers and volunteers taking part in COVID-19 vaccine trials in Birmingham, England.

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The 72-year-old and 73-year-old royals wore surgical face masks on their visit, and spoke about getting their first round of vaccines earlier this month.

“I leapt for joy,” Camilla said to staff.

“I didn’t feel anything. I’m eternally grateful for everything,” adding that it “doesn’t hurt.”

“I was waiting for it to be done and they said, ‘It has been done.’ It was painless. It was brilliant. It’s very good when it’s over as you feel more secure. Panic over,” she continued.

“Ladies and Gentleman, the Secretary of State mentioned just now that the National Health Service was 72 years old, which happens to coincide exactly with the same age as I am. And the great thing is that the NHS has done a great deal better I can assure you than I have, as I am gradually falling apart,” Prince Charles said.

“I know, over the last year, it must be absolutely exhausting for so many of you. But I know the NHS is such an enormous team and there are masses of people who are unsung and unseen heroes and heroines.”

Their visit also marks the first in-person engagement for any member of the British royal family in 2021 amid the pandemic.

Two other royals received the vaccine recently.

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