Buckingham Palace now reveals Elizabeth II spent Wednesday night in hospital

Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey (London), on October 12.Frank Augstein (AP)

The dosage of information on the health of Elizabeth II it has managed to provoke more nervousness than to convey the tranquility that Buckingham Palace intended. At the end of this Thursday, the queen’s environment took a step further and admitted that the medical services of the royal house not only ordered that she take a few days off, but that they sent her on Wednesday to a London hospital to perform some “Preliminary investigations”, and the monarch ended up spending the night there. Buckingham now assures that the decision to spend the night at King Edward VII Hospital, in central London, was taken by adopting a “precautionary approach”, and that the next day the queen was already back at Windsor Castle, where he returned to resume some of his lighter daily obligations. It was the first time in eight years that Elizabeth II needed hospital services again, but her environment has made an effort to downplay the visit. The rest of the week he will take her off as directed by the doctors. “The queen has returned to Windsor Castle at lunchtime, and remains in a very good mood,” said a spokesman for the British royal house. Buckingham announced on the same Wednesday that it was suspending a historic 48-hour visit to Northern Ireland, which had been planned many months in advance and coincided with the centenary of the partition of the island.

Throughout the past week, Elizabeth II’s schedule had been especially intense. During the ceremony on October 12 to commemorate the 100-year history of the Royal British Legion, at Westminster Abbey, the queen appeared with a cane. It was the first time since 2003 that she had appeared in public with that kind of help, although then the reason was much less suspicious: she had just had a knee operation.

Buckingham maintains unchanged Elizabeth II’s plans to attend COP26, the international summit against climate change that will be held in the Scottish town of Glasgow from October 31. The government of Boris Johnson, like many other governments before it, uses the image and international prestige of the monarch to give an extra boost to its foreign policy. As the Glasgow meeting approaches, expectations of major agreements have been deflated, and even some very important delegations, such as China, have lowered the level of their delegates. President Xi Jinping is not scheduled to attend the meeting. “It is irritating to hear all these people talk a lot and then do nothing,” BBC microphones recorded the monarch last week when referring to COP26, during the opening ceremony of the Welsh Autonomous Parliament, in the city from Cardiff. A few days later, Elizabeth II hosted dozens of financiers and millionaires at a gala dinner in Windsor, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, to contribute to the Johnson Government’s effort to attract international investment to the Global Britain that emerged later. of Brexit. Elizabeth II’s agenda for this fall, with most of the social restrictions of confinement finally lifted, has ended up being especially intense and compressed for a 95-year-old woman, practically recently widowed. Cancellations of plans such as the visit to Northern Ireland should be interpreted as something increasingly normal. “More and more often such reminders will emerge that what was expected 10 or 20 years ago can no longer be expected of her,” he told Daily Mail Joe little, magazine director Majesty.

Elizabeth II will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee next year: 70 years at the head of the British crown. The longest-lived monarch in the history of the United Kingdom.

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Buckingham Palace now reveals Elizabeth II spent Wednesday night in hospital