LONDON – Buckingham Palace said on Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in hospital to check in after being advised rest by her doctor this week.

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The palace said the 95-year-old monarch went to King Edward VII’s private hospital in London on Wednesday for a “preliminary investigation”. It said she returned to her Windsor Castle home at lunchtime on Thursday, “and remains in good spirits.”

On Wednesday, the Queen canceled a scheduled visit to Northern Ireland, and the palace said she had “reluctantly” accepted medical advice to rest for a few days. It did not elaborate.


The Queen is now at Windsor Castle, west of London, where she has spent most of her time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. The decision to cancel this week’s trip was deemed not related to COVID.

The decision came after Elizabeth was seen using a walking stick at a major public event while attending a Westminster Abbey service marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion, an armed forces charity.

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She was previously photographed using a cane in 2003, but that was after knee surgery.

Britain’s longest-reigning and longest-reigning Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her platinum jubilee – 70 years on the throne – next year.

Elizabeth has ruled since 1952 and became a widow this year when Prince Philip died in April at the age of 99. She still maintains a busy schedule of royal duties. On Tuesday, he held an audience with diplomats and hosted a reception at Windsor Castle for global business leaders.

In less than two weeks she is scheduled to host world leaders at the United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

He has enjoyed generally good health throughout his long life. She was last hospitalized in 2013, when she was 86 after experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis.