Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in hospital for check-ups this week after canceling an official trip to Northern Ireland on medical advice, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday.
The palace said the 95-year-old British monarch visited London’s King Edward VII private hospital on Wednesday for “preliminary inquiries.” He said she returned home to Windsor Castle on Thursday at lunchtime “and was staying in a good mood”.
The Queen on Wednesday canceled a trip planned to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland’s creation, and the palace said she had “reluctantly” accepted medical advice to rest for a few days. He did not elaborate, but it was understood the decision was unrelated to COVID-19. The queen has been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The palace confirmed the Queen’s hospital stay after The Sun newspaper reported the news.
The Queen is now back at Windsor Castle, west London, where she has spent much of her time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
The move came just days after Elizabeth was seen using a cane at a major public event as she attended a Westminster Abbey service marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion , a charity of the armed forces.
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She had previously been photographed using a cane in 2003, but that was after undergoing knee surgery.
The longest-lived and longest reigning British monarch, Elizabeth is set to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – next year.
Elizabeth has reigned since 1952 and was a widow that year when Prince Philip died aged 99 in April. She has reduced her workload in recent years, but still keeps a busy schedule of royal duties. On Tuesday she held audiences with diplomats and hosted a reception at Windsor Castle for global business leaders, and on Saturday the horse lover attended horse races at Ascot Racecourse.
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In less than two weeks, she is due to welcome world leaders to the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.
She has generally enjoyed good health throughout her long life. She was last hospitalized in 2013, at the age of 86, after showing symptoms of gastroenteritis.
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She recently declined the honor of being named “Oldie of the Year” by The Oldie magazine. Her office said that “Her Majesty thinks you are as old as you think you are, as such the Queen does not think she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept.”
This article first appeared in AP Newsroom
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