Queen Elizabeth II hospitalised

2013-03-03 18:06
Queen Elizabeth II (Picture: AP)

Queen Elizabeth II (Picture: AP)

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London - Britain's Queen Elizabeth was hospitalised in London on Sunday with symptoms of gastroenteritis, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said.

All the monarch's engagements for the coming week, including a trip to Italy, have been cancelled or postponed as a precaution, the spokesperson added.

The queen had been due to visit Italy as a guest of President Giorgio Napolitano on 6-7 March.

At 86, the queen is known for her robust health. She was last hospitalised in 2003 when she had a knee operation.

The spokesman said the queen was at the King Edward VII Hospital for precautionary assessments and may remain there for a couple of days.

She was last at the hospital last year, visiting her husband Prince Philip who was treated for a bladder infection.

Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated 60 years on the throne last year, usually maintains a busy schedule of public and private engagements although in recent years she has cut down on her once hectic timetable of foreign trips.

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