Queen Elizabeth remains at London’s King Edward VII Hospital for a second day of observation and recuperation for “symptoms of gastroenteritis”, according to BBC News today. Queen Elizabeth can rest comfortably however, as a British news outlet snapped pictures of Britain’s tallest policeman positioned at the hospital entrance to stand guard over her.
Police constable Anthony Wallyn, who stands 7 feet 2 inches, was photographed standing guard outside of the hospital. The photos appear in the London Evening Standard. Wallyn, whose nicknames include Big Tower, Tiny and Freak, requires a custom made uniform.
Since joining the force four years ago, the father of one said, “I get 100-500 requests for a photo each day”, adding, “It's like being famous but without the money”. He also sports an astonishing size 17 shoes.
The pictures were further accentuated by the fact that officer Anthony Wallyn was standing guard alongside the shortest officer in the Metropolitan Police's Westminster Borough Support Unit, Tony Thich, who is 5 feet 6 inches tall. Given their names, the pair together are known as Big Tone and Little Tone.
Wallyn noted it would make for an unusual image if the Queen, who stands 5-foot-4, walked past him when she left hospital. “It would be a nice photo”, he jested.
Meanwhile the latest news surrounding the Queen is that she is being treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis, which include vomiting and diarrhea, and usually pass after one or two days.
The 86 year-old monarch has not been hospitalized in a decade. She fell ill on Friday but didn’t enter the hospital until Sunday, according to a palace spokeswoman.
Britain's National Health Service claims the two most common causes of gastroenteritis in adults are food poisoning and the norovirus, a common winter vomiting bug which typically afflicts up to 1 million Britons each year.
Queen Elizabeth’s official engagements were cancelled for the rest of the week to allow her time to recover fully.
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