Week in Review – 24 February-03 March: Royal Health Worries

It’s was a rather unfortunate week health-wise from royals across the world.

Queen Elizabeth II was forced to cancel a visit to Swansea on Saturday to celebrate St David’s Day, after developing symptoms of gastroenteritis. She will now spend the weekend at Windsor and will be “assessed in the coming days”. It is very unusual of Her Majesty to cancel engagements for health reasons.

Elizabeth II and King Juan Carlos

Elizabeth II and King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos of Spain had to be treated on Wednesday because of a dislocated left hip. The procedure was non-invasive and lasted for less than an hour. The King had undergone a surgery on his left hip in November of 2012, after suffering from osteoarthritis in his left hip. At the beginning of the week, His Majesty felt numb pain and after x-rays the doctors found he had a “slight dislocation” of the left hip.

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan had to cancel engagements after being diagnosed with influenza. His Royal Highness suffered from a sore throat and developed a fever. The Crown Prince’s daughter, Princess Aiko, was down with flu as well and had to miss school for a couple of days.

Crown Prince Naruhito (left) and Paras Shah (right)

Crown Prince Naruhito (left) and Paras Shah (right)

Meanwhile, Paras Shah, the former Crown Prince of Nepal has finally regained conciousness after 11 days of hospitalisation. He was also able to recognise visitors  According to his doctors there is a continuous improvement in the Prince’s condition. The heir to the former Nepalese Throne was hospitalised after suffering a heart attack. Although the doctors were able to stop internal bleeding in the Prince’s abdomen, his blood pressure remained dangerously low.

I wish Their Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses speedy recovery.

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