Queen Elizabeth II was released from a London hospital today (Monday) a day after being admitted for a stomach infection. Photos obtained by Examiner.com show the 86 year old monarch smiling as she walked out of King Edward VII Hospital where she was treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis. CNN reports the hospitalization was the first time in ten years the queen has been hospitalized.
Wearing a pearl necklace, earrings, and carrying a large purse, Her Majesty the Queen was smiling and looking well as she left the hospital to return to Buckingham Palace. A nurse accompanied her down the steps of the private hospital, of which she is a patron, but she appeared sturdy on her feet as she got into a waiting vehicle.
While Queen Elizabeth is now well enough to be discharged, her schedule of royal outings for the week have been cancelled or postponed to give her time to fully recover from the stomach bug.
King Edward VII Hospital is the same hospital where Kate Middleton was treated for acute morning sickness exactly three months ago. The pregnant duchess' admission was overshadowed by a prank phone call by two Australian DJs, which is blamed for leading to the suicide of one of the nurses who answered the call.