The Countess of Wessex has told how she is 'so happy' her 89-year-old father has received the Covid-19 vaccine - branding it an 'early birthday present'.'
Sophie celebrated turning 56 on January 20 by joining NHS General Practice nurses and healthcare assistants at the Lincolnshire Hub conference.
During the virtual call, which was shared to the Royal Family Twitter page, the mother-of-two shared her delight at the news her father, Christopher Bournes Rhys-Jones, had received the COVID-19 vaccine - although she did not specify whether he had received the Pfizer or Moderna medication.
'I had a very wonderful birthday present yesterday,' she said. 'It was an early birthday present because my father received his vaccine. He's 89 years old and I'm so happy he's actually got it. It's a huge weight off my mind.'
The Countess of Wessex, 56, has told how she is 'so happy' her 89-year-old father has received the Covid-19 vaccine - branding it an 'early birthday present'. Pictured, joining NHS General Practice nurses and healthcare assistants at the Lincolnshire Hub conference on January 20
Sophie Wessex and her father Christopher Rhys-Jones attend Day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2013
She continued: 'And he was full of praise for the way that it had been handled, and how quick and easy and simple the whole process was.
'I know that wouldn't be happening without the care and attention of the nurses out in general surgeries.'
Sophie also went on to express her gratitude to healthcare staff for their key role in the UK's vaccination rollout and their efforts during the pandemic
'Thank you so much to all of you,' she said. 'It doesn't matter what part of the system you're working in, whether you're general practitioner nurses, whether you're healthcare assistants, we all know how much this pandemic has put on you and we're hugely grateful for all of your hard work.'
The mother-of-two (pictured) told the frontline workers that she had received a 'wonderful' birthday present (pictured)
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The mother-of-two (pictured) shared her delight at the news her father, Christopher Bournes Rhys-Jones, had received the COVID-19 vaccine
The Royal Family Twitter page shared a clip of the video call where the Countess thanked healthcare staff for their key role in the UK's vaccination rollout and their efforts during the pandemic
The Royal Family Twitter account revealed that Sophie Wessex joined NHS General Practice nurses and Healthcare Assistants at @HubLincolnshire's conference on January 20 (pictured)
It comes after Buckingham Palace revealed the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been given the Covid-19 vaccination at Windsor Castle on January 9.
The Monarch, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, joined more than 1.5million people across Britain who had been given the jab since the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was approved for use in December.
The UK has since permitted the use of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca jab, alongside an inoculation against coronavirus developed by Moderna.
Sophie is believed to have spent her birthday with her family at their home of Bagshot Park, where they spent Christmas after the Queen decided to have a quiet festive period at Windsor Castle.
Sophie's birthday celebrations are likely to be a private affair, due to lockdown restrictions, with Prince Edward and their two children - Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James Viscount Severn, 13.
The royal explained how the nation knows how much the pandemic has put on healthcare workers and added that 'we're hugely grateful for all of your hard work' (pictured)