Queen Elizabeth II in the hospital being treated for “stomach flu”.
Queen Elizabeth II was being assessed at the King Edward VII Hospital in London after experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis, also known as a “stomach flu,” as of a March 3 statement from The British Monarchy.
The Queen will turn 87 on April 21.
She celebrates two birthdays each year. Her real birthday is on April 21, and her official birthday celebration is held on a Saturday in June.
Gastroenteritis involves inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach and the small intestine. The effects can include nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.
Gastroenteritis is also commonly called “stomach flu.” Children and the elderly can have a hard time recovering from the stomach flu, according to The Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people.
Buckingham Palace has suggested the Queen could be home in a matter of days after being treated for gastroenteritis, which may involve her being put on a drip to combat dehydration, according to The Telegraph.
Apart from the symptoms of her debilitating sickness, the Queen is said to be in “good health and good spirits,” The Telegraph stated.
“As a precaution, all official engagements for this week will regrettably be either postponed or cancelled,” stated The British Monarchy website.
According to The Telegraph, the Queen does not want to “inconvenience” staff at the King Edward VII Hospital in London by having to make arrangements for royal visitors, insisting her hospital stay should be “as low key as possible,” sources told the paper.
The Queen carried out 425 official engagements last year. She “regards her hospital stay as a ‘minor inconvenience’ and expects to be back in action next week,” according to The Telegraph.
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