Monarch’s health concern had nothing to do with COVID-19
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was back at Windsor Castle on Friday and in good spirits following revelations that she had spent the night at a London hospital earlier this week.
Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old British monarch went to London’s private King Edward VII Hospital on Wednesday for a “preliminary investigation”. She returned to her Windsor Castle home at lunch on Thursday and was understood to be back at her desk by noon, performing light duties.
The Queen underwent trials after canceling a 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. The case was not related to COVID-19.
The palace generally does not offer a current account of the emperor’s health, citing his secrecy. However, Rani’s stay in the hospital was confirmed in this case after the news was reported by The Sun newspaper.
Queen Elizabeth spent the night in hospital after being advised to rest, Palace said
Overall, there is a rule that if a senior member of the royal family has a procedure or operation, there is a medical bulletin, royal expert Robert Hardman told the BBC. But this does not apply to testing.
Hardman, author of “Queen of the World”, stated that the focus on development only reflects the global community’s great affection for the monarch, describing the monarch’s influence and stature throughout the world.
“She hates people in general, but with health in particular,” she told the BBC. About yesterday’s visit to the hospital, it was said that they suddenly didn’t want huge fringes of cameras and 24-hour news installed outside the hospital.
The long-secret monarchy faces similar struggles from other politicians and celebrities, who face an insatiable appetite for details of their personal lives and health status.
For comparison, the Vatican issued daily bulletins in July about Pope Francis’ 10-day hospital stay after he had a portion of his colon removed. The Vatican kept the hospitalization and Francis’ condition a secret until the Pope had already been admitted and was about to undergo surgery.
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But the Vatican has long been vehemently secretive about the pope’s health, most importantly, refusing to acknowledge even the obvious signs that St. John Paul II was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The Vatican cites the papacy’s medical secrecy in limiting information flow, but the void of information often fuels speculation about an eventual pope’s death and convention to elect a successor.
There has been some uneasiness this week regarding Elizabeth’s health. Only days earlier, he was seen using a stick at a Westminster Abbey service marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion, an armed forces charity. Although she used a cane in 2003, it happened after she had knee surgery.
Then attention turned to her busy schedule, which in recent days has included spectators with diplomats, a reception at Windsor Castle for global business leaders, and horse racing at Ascot Racecourse.
Less than two weeks later she is due to host world leaders at the UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland – a major engagement cited as one reason she wants to relax earlier.
Although Elizabeth has enjoyed strong health throughout her life, she is Britain’s longest-serving and longest-reigning monarch. She 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 has cut her workload in recent years but still maintains a busy schedule of royal duties.
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.”