HM Queen Elizabeth continues to raise concern as her recovery from gastroenteritis forced her to cancel even more engagements. Buckingham Palace released a statement yesterday saying that while “The Queen continues to make a good recovery following her recent illness” she would regrettably “no longer attend the Tech City engagement planned for tomorrow, or the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scriptures Association Service at the Guards Chapel on Thursday.” Further confusing the situation, the monarch presented a poetry award yesterday and held a series of audiences. So casually it appears that she is able to do lighter work but would prefer not to travel at this time while she regains her strength. The Palace said the “Queen hopes to resume her programme of official engagements next week.”
Queen Elizabeth was hospitalized for 24 hours last week because of gastroenteritis, which is the medical term often associated with stomach flu. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes a fever. While typically unpleasant for most sufferers, an older patient can experience more severe symptoms that can lead to dehydration. Therefore, it is not unusual for elderly patients to need hospitalization to recover, just as the Queen did.