Queen spends a night in hospital as concerned fans wish her a ‘swift and full recovery’

The Queen’s night in hospital comes after she recently received medical advice to rest

Queen Elizabeth II attends the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd
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The Queen spent a night in hospital for “preliminary investigations” and has now returned to Windsor Castle “in good spirits”, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. 

The Queen has returned to Windsor Castle following an overnight stay in a private hospital in London on Wednesday night. Buckingham Palace made the announcement of Her Majesty’s hospital visit on October 21st, revealing that she had undergone “preliminary investigations”.

The Palace statement declared, "Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits."

As reported by the BBC, the Queen made the journey to King Edward VII’s Hospital in Marylebone by car from her Berkshire home and was seen by specialists. It’s understood that her admittance to hospital is not related to COVID-19 and that the decision for her to stay overnight was due to practical reasons. 

Queen Elizabeth II attends QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot

(Image credit: Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

This marks the first time that the monarch has stayed in hospital for eight years, since she was admitted after suffering symptoms of gastroenteritis. Back in 2013, it was also King Edward VII’s Hospital that the Queen was taken to and it was there that the late Prince Philip, who she was married to for 73 years, received treatment earlier this year. 

Despite the positive news that she is now in “good spirits” back at Windsor Castle, many anxious royal fans have been quick to express their hopes that she makes a “speedy recovery”, with some urging her to rest following her hospital stay. 

"Health and happiness to HM, our Queen Elizabeth, swift and full recovery. I hope HM is taking time off to rest", one concerned fan tweeted after hearing the news. 

A second person echoed this sentiment, commenting, "Wishing her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II a speedy recovery as she spends the night in hospital."

"Dear Queen Elizabeth II, rest, and recover your strength. Lots of love", a fellow fan declared. 

While someone else reflected that their response to the news was almost as if the Queen was their own family member, writing, "I really like Queen Elizabeth II and it worries me to hear she has been in hospital over night. It's like hearing your favorite elderly relative is poorly".

"Sending get well wishes to this wonderful lady #QueenElizabeth", a fifth person said kindly.

The Queen’s overnight stay at King Edward VII’s on Wednesday came the same day that she pulled out of a royal trip to Northern Ireland on “medical advice”. Her Majesty had been set to visit Belfast for two days and only “reluctantly” accepted the advice to rest instead. 

"The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days," the official royal statement said. 

"Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow.

“The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, and looks forward to visiting in the future," it concluded. 

Her Majesty is due to attend events at the upcoming COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November. She will be joined by other senior royals, including Prince Charles and Prince William and royal fans will no doubt be looking forward to seeing the Queen resume her busy autumn schedule.

Emma Shacklock

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