The Queen is in hospital as a precaution, while she is assessed for symptoms of gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace says. The 86-year-old monarch has been taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London, a palace spokesman said.
She was driven to hospital in a private car on Sunday afternoon. The palace said she was “in good spirits”. All official engagements for this week, including the Queen’s trip to Rome, will be either cancelled or postponed. She had earlier carried out a medal presentation at Windsor Castle, where she has been resting over the weekend.
A spokesman for the Queen said she was in “good health”, besides the symptoms of gastroenteritis. He said: “This is a precautionary measure. She was not taken into hospital immediately after feeling the symptoms. This is simply to enable doctors to better assess her.”
‘Forced to cancel a trip’
The BBC’s royal correspondent Peter Hunt says the Queen will remain in hospital under observation for about two days. She was last in hospital 10 years ago for a minor knee operation. News of her illness emerged on Friday night, and she was forced to cancel a trip to Swansea on Saturday to mark St David’s Day in a military ceremony.
Gastroenteritis causes inflammation of the stomach lining and intestines. The infection can be transmitted through contact with an infected person or contaminated food and drink. Symptoms can include vomiting, fever and stomach ache. The Queen’s treatment, which has not been disclosed, could include rehydration and tests to establish if the illness has been caused by an infection or an underlying problem.
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Source: BBC News