October 23, 2021 08:10
Britain's Queen Elizabeth returned to work Friday following her first overnight stay at a hospital in years for what Buckingham Palace called "preliminary investigations."
According to the palace, the 95-year-old monarch spent Wednesday night in the private King Edward VII's Hospital, undergoing tests after canceling an official trip to Northern Ireland to mark the 100th anniversary of its creation.
The palace has said Queen Elizabeth accepted medical advice to rest for a few days. She returned to Windsor Castle by lunchtime Thursday. The matter was unrelated to COVID-19, and she remains in "good spirits," stated the palace late Thursday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, sending his best wishes, spoke about the queen's return to her duties Friday. "I am given to understand that actually Her Majesty is, characteristically, back at her desk at Windsor as we speak," Johnson told reporters.
Prior to her hospital stay, the monarch hosted a reception for top business leaders Tuesday night after Prime Minister Johnson held a green investment conference preceding the COP26 climate summit. Guests included Bill Gates and U.S. climate envoy John Kerry. The queen's son, Prince Charles, 72, and grandson Prince William, 39, greeted guests along with her.
Queen Elizabeth's stay in the hospital was notable considering that the last time she is thought to have done so was in 2013, when she was experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis. She underwent surgery in 2018 for eye cataracts and a knee operation in 2003.
Next year marks the monarch's platinum jubilee, 70 years on the throne. The queen has taken on fewer duties in recent years but is said to maintain a full schedule. In less than two weeks, she will host world leaders at the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.
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