HM Queen Elizabeth was hospitalized today with a resistant stomach issue as a precaution. The palace said on Friday that the 86-year-old British monarch had gastroenteritis and needed to make a rare cancellation of an event in Wales. Then came word this morning that the Queen has been unable to kick the issue and was being examined at King Edward VII Hospital. "As a precaution, all official engagements for this week will regrettably be either postponed or cancelled," the palace said in a statement. Included in the postponements was a highly anticipated trip to Rome that was to start on Wednesday. The symptoms of gastroenteritis include vomiting and diarrhea but usually pass after a few days. However, due to her age, the Queen is susceptible to additional complications including dehydration. It is highly possible that after having trouble kicking the bug, she simply needs to be rehydrated through an IV.
Queen Elizabeth is one of Britain's longest-reigning monarchs and throughout her reign she has rarely let ill health modify her busy schedule. Late last year the Queen’s bad back crept up again and forced her to cancel an engagement. But it is believed that this incident is the first time she has needed to be hospitalized since 2003.