Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in a hospital for checks this week after canceling an official trip to Northern Ireland on medical advice, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.
The palace said the 95-year-old British monarch went to the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Wednesday for “preliminary investigations.” She was said to have returned to Windsor Castle at noon on Thursday and is “still in good spirits.”
The queen cancelled a planned trip marking 100 years since Northern Ireland’s creation. On Wednesday, her palace stated that she “reluctantly accepted” medical advice and was now able to rest for several days. The palace did not provide any further details, but it was clear that the decision had nothing to do with COVID-19. The queen was vaccinated for the coronavirus.
The palace confirmed the queen’s hospital stay after The Sun newspaper reported the news.
Now, the queen is back at Windsor Castle west of London where she spent most of last year since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This decision was made just days after Elizabeth, an elderly woman who had been seen with a walking stick during a Westminster Abbey ceremony marking the centenary celebration of the Royal British Legion (an armed forces charity), took it.
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Although she was previously photographed with a cane in 2003 after her knee surgery, that was not before the time.
Britain’s longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch, Elizabeth is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee — 70 years on the throne — next year.
Elizabeth, who has been a ruler since 1952, was made widower in April when Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99. Although she has been able to reduce her work load over the years, she continues to fulfill royal duties. On Tuesday she hosted a reception at Windsor Castle to global business leaders. Saturday saw horse racing at Ascot.
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She will be hosting world leaders at United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland in less than 2 weeks.
Her long and healthy life has been characterized by good health. In 2013, she was 86 and had developed symptoms of gastroenteritis.
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Recently, she declined to be named The Oldie magazine’s “Oldie-of-the Year”. According to her office, “Her Majesty thinks you’re as old as your feelings,” and therefore The Queen doesn’t believe that she can accept the honor.
This article appeared first in AP Newsroom
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