Queen Elizabeth Cancels Engagement: What Hospitalized Elizabeth II?
Queen Elizabeth canceled a Westminster Abbey engagement on Monday. The public appearance was to be her first since she was admitted into a hospital to treat a stomach illness, but the monarch erred on the side of caution and opted for more rest.
At 86 years old, the queen remained in good spirits and in the British tradition of keeping calm and carrying on, eventually attended a London reception to celebrate Commonwealth Day later in the day.
The queen appeared in a mint and silver ensemble, greeting the people with a brief speech at the Marlborough House in central London. Queen Elizabeth II also signed a new charter that set the Commonwealth's values and commitment to equal rights.
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Prior to the Commonwealth Day event, Elizabeth had already missed a number of important engagements, including a visit to Rome last week.
Due to the queens rather advanced age, the one-day hospitalization naturally raised tremendous health concerns across the country. Assuring the public, the palace insists the queen remains in "robust health."
"The queen hopes to undertake some of her official engagements planned for the rest of the week," said the palace.
It was the queen's first hospitalization in a decade and reports says Elizabeth II is recovering from a bout of gastroenteritis, better known as a stomach virus.
A common medical condition, gastroenteritis is the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach and small intestine) that results to a painful combination of diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and cramping. Individuals suffering from a stomach bug are advised to manage the body with adequate hydration.
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