The Queen was admitted to King Edward VII hospital on Sunday to be treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis.
Her Majesty’s condition was initially treated by her personal physicians. However, at some point they advised the best course of action would be a hospitalisation It is possible the Queen suffers from dehydration, a common symptom of gastroenteritis, which may require giving her fluids intravenously.
No information is given on how long Queen Elizabeth will stay in hospital, although according to doctors, it would normally take about two days for her condition to be stabilised. All of the Queen’s engagements for the upcoming week, including a high-profile official visit to Rome – were cancelled.
Although the condition itself is not too serious, the very fact Her Majesty was hospitalised speaks volumes: this is the first time in ten years the 86-year-old Monarch has been hospitalised. Despite this, a Buckingham Palace spokesman was quick to note that the Queen is “in good health and good spirits”. Seemingly confirming that, it emerged that immediately before her hospitalisation Her Majesty managed to have a private audience with a member of her staff to award a medal for long service.
She did not require an ambulance and was driven from Berkshire to central London by private car. As a source said, “It would have to be something extremely serious for her to let a loyal member of her household down”.
Queen Elizabeth refused to allow an ambulance to collect her, instead arriving in her own car. To avoid any additional fuss, she also requested members of her family, including the Duke of Edinburgh, not to accompany her.
I wish Her Majesty a speedy recovery.