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Buckingham Palace said on Thursday that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in a hospital this week to check in after she canceled an official visit to Northern Ireland on medical advice.

The palace said the 95-year-old British 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 mark 100 years of Northern Ireland’s creation, and the palace said she had “reluctantly” accepted medical advice to rest for a few days. It was not detailed, but it was understood that the decision is not related to COVID-19. Rani has been vaccinated for coronavirus.

The palace confirmed the Queen’s stay in hospital after The Sun newspaper reported the news.

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The Queen is now back 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 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 set to celebrate 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 has cut her workload in recent years but still maintains a busy schedule of royal duties. On Tuesday, she organized audiences with diplomats and hosted a reception at Windsor Castle for global business leaders, and on Saturday horse enthusiasts took part in horse racing at Ascot Racecourse.

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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.

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She recently declined the honor of being named “Oldie of the Year” by The Oldie magazine. Her office said that “Her Majesty believes that you are as old as you feel, just as the Queen does not believe that she meets the relevant criteria to be able to be accepted.”

This article first appeared in the AP Newsroom