Queen spends second day in hospital with gastroenteritis symptoms
The Queen is spending a second day in hospital after being admitted with symptoms of gastroenteritis, an infection of the stomach and bowel.
The Queen was struck with the stomach bug on Friday and admitted to King Edward VII's Hospital in London yesterday as a “precaution”, a spokesman said.
It is her first hospital stay in 10 years.
All official engagements for this week will be either cancelled or postponed. The Queen had to pull out of a visit to Swansea on Saturday to present St David’s Day leeks to 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.
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Swansea Council leader David Phillips said the city is looking forward to welcoming back the Queen in the future.
A spokesman for the Queen, who will be 87 next month, said she was in “good spirits”.
“This is a precautionary measure,” the spokesman said. “She was not taken into hospital immediately after feeling the symptoms. This is simply to enable doctors to better assess her.”
The Queen is expected to remain in hospital under observation for about two days.
Gastroenteritis is an infection of the stomach and bowel. The most common symptoms are vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and a fever.
The two most common causes of gastroenteritis are the norovirus and food poisoning.
The Queen last received treatment a decade ago, again at the King Edward VII's hospital, for a minor knee operation. At the same time surgeons removed minor, non-cancerous lesions from her face.
The King Edward VII hospital is the preferred hospital for the royal family. It made headlines in December when the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted with a severe form of morning sickness.
A nurse deceived by hoaxers in a call to the hospital took her own life.