UK’s Queen Elizabeth Spent Night In Hospital, Says Buckingham Palace

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Britain’s longest-serving Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne since 1952. (File)

London:

Buckingham Palace said on Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II had spent a night in hospital after being advised to rest this week and cancel a visit to Northern Ireland.

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“After medical advice for a few days’ rest, the Queen arrived at the hospital Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returned to Windsor Castle for lunch today (Thursday) and was in good spirits,” a statement said.

The British Internal Press Association news agency said the trip to the hospital was unannounced because it was a short stay and the 5-year-old was expected to protect the king’s privacy.

But the overnight stay was “for practical reasons”, it added, without revealing the nature of the hospital or examination concerned.

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The Queen, Britain’s longest-serving ruler, who has been on the throne since 1952, was told to return to her desk on Thursday afternoon to perform light duties.

He was scheduled to join a global service in the border town of Armagh on Thursday to mark the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland.

But Palace said Wednesday morning that he “inadvertently received medical advice for the next few days of rest.”

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The decision was not related to the coronavirus and was said to be resting at his Windsor Castle home in west London.

The Queen has had a busy schedule since returning from her remote Balmoral estate in northeastern Scotland in early October.

On Tuesday, he was delighted to host a reception in Windsor for international business leaders attending the official investment conference.

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He also had two visitors with foreign ambassadors via videolink.

The Queen is expected to join other senior members of the royal family, including her eldest son and heir Prince Charles, 72, for a series related to the upcoming UN climate conference in Glasgow next month.

Last week, he was seen using walking sticks at a major public event for this period, but royal officials said it was not related to any specific health condition.

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