Queen Elizabeth II has been taken to King Edward VII's Hospital in London for experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis on Sunday. According to E! News on March 3, a press officer for Buckingham Palace confirmed that the monarch became ill enough to land her in the hospital for precautionary measures.
"She went to the hospital today at around 3 p.m. GMT. She is in good spirits, besides the symptoms of gastroenteritis. Doctors are saying she should be in hospital for a couple days," he told E! News. The 86-year-old Queen had to cancel or postpone the rest of her duties for the week, including an upcoming trip to Rome.
The official definition of gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines. This pesky virus includes vomiting and diarrhea and is usually transmitted from person to person. Another common culprit is food poisoning. The elderly are more prone to suffer from dehydration and are hospitalized most often from this stomach virus.
Queen Elizabeth is sure to have her family concerned for her health but it sounds like she is on the mend and will be back home soon. Prince William and pregnant Kate Middleton have been in Switzerland over the weekend attending a friend’s wedding. They will most likely head back to check on their royal grandmother as soon as they can.
Best wishes to the Queen for a speedy recovery!