Queen in hospital with stomach bug

Queen in hospital with stomach bug, Buckingham Palace says

Nicholas Witchell reports at the Queen’s admission to hospital in London

The Queen is in hospital as a precaution, while she is classified for symptoms of gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace says.

The 86-year-old monarch have been taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London, a palace spokesman said.

She was driven to hospital in a non-public car on Sunday afternoon. The palace said she was “in good spirits”.

All official engagements for this week, including the Queen’s trip to Rome, would be either cancelled or postponed.

She had earlier conducted a medal presentation at Windsor Castle, where she have been resting over the weekend.

‘Good health’

A spokesman for the Queen said she was in “good health”, besides the indicators of gastroenteritis.

He said: “It is a precautionary measure.

“She was not taken into hospital immediately after feeling the indicators. It really is just to enable doctors to raised assess her.”

Prime Minister David Cameron sent his “best wishes” to the Queen, adding in a tweet: “i am hoping she makes a speedy recovery.”

The BBC’s royal correspondent Peter Hunt says the Queen will remain in hospital under observation for roughly two days.

She was last in hospital 10 years ago for a minor knee operation.

The BBC’s Ben Ando, outside the central London hospital, says there’s a small police presence and members of the clicking from worldwide have gathered near the doorway.

There is not any sign of any visitors to the Queen as yet, says our correspondent.

News of her illness emerged on Friday night, and she or he was forced to cancel a visit to Swansea on Saturday to mark St David’s Day in an army ceremony.

Gastroenteritis causes inflammation of the tummy lining and intestines.

Britain’s tallest police officer – PC Anthony Wallyn, who’s 7ft 2in – was the various officers standing guard on the hospital

The infection could be transmitted through contact with an infected person or contaminated foods and drinks. Symptoms can include vomiting, fever and stomach ache.

The Queen’s treatment, which has not been disclosed, could include rehydration and tests to ascertain if the illness have been attributable to infection or an underlying problem.

‘Slightly unwilling’

The Queen were by reason of spend two days in Rome with the Duke of Edinburgh next weekend, on the invitation of Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano.

It shouldn’t be now clear whether the visit could be re-scheduled.

A reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for MPs and MEPs will go ahead with other members of the royal family present.

According to the BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, the Queen could have gone to hospital slightly unwillingly, as her inclination isn’t to make a fuss.

During last year’s celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee, the Queen spent a rain-drenched day journeying down the Thames as a part of the river pageant – and then her husband, the 91-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, was taken to hospital with a bladder infection.