Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is hospitalized in London, after suffering from a several-day bout of gastroenteritis at home. Her Majesty the Queen has already cancelled a trip to Wales, and an up-coming visit to Rome is almost certain to be postponed, reports Buckingham Palace. The Huffington Post covers the story on Sunday, March 3.
The Queen will be 87 next month. The symptoms of a stomach bug – vomiting and other intestinal disorders – are usually mild, lasting for only a day or two, but for a woman in Queen Elizabeth’s age group, they can become serious. Her doctors made the decision Sunday morning, to move the Queen to King Edward VII hospital in London. There is no word yet on how long she is expected to stay.
The palace statement revealed that the Queen was hospitalized “as a precaution,” and that “all official engagements for this week will regrettably be either postponed or cancelled.” This, presumably, includes the trip to Rome, which had been scheduled for later in the week. It’s interesting that the timing of the trip coincides closely with the retirement of former Pope Benedict XVI. The now-retired pope and Queen Elizabeth are of similar age and fame.
Queen Elizabeth is known for ignoring and rising above any physical infirmities, but sometimes that becomes impossible. Sources report she “probably agreed to be hospitalized in order to get better quickly,” and to minimize the fuss and inconvenience.
"Everybody will want to be wishing her a speedy recovery," the source went on.