Queen's overnight hospital stay amid rising Covid cases has royal fans concerned

The Queen's declining health coincides with worryingly high Covid cases in the UK

Queen's overnight hospital stay amid rising Covid cases has royal fans concerned
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The Queen's recent hospital admission has royal fans concerned, as many question if the 95-year-old monarch should be working so hard in light of rising Covid-19 cases. 

The Queen has been urged by royal fans to slow down, after being admitted to hospital on Wednesday evening. 

Buckingham Palace confirmed yesterday that Her Majesty spent the night in King Edward VII's Hospital in London, where she underwent "preliminary investigations," and is now back home at Windsor Castle

While details of the 95-year-old monarch's condition have not been disclosed, the emergency visit was made on the same day she canceled her two-day-long Northern Ireland trip. It's understood she is suffering symptoms of a "seasonal cold" but does not have Covid-19. 

This latest update on the Queen's health has led to an outpouring of concern from royal fans, as many share their worries that she is working too hard. 

Queen at Welsh Parliament 2021

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Her Majesty has observed a hectic schedule since the beginning of autumn, attending multiple public engagements in both England and Wales during the month of October. Her most recent royal duty saw her hosting a reception at Windsor Castle, alongside Prince William and Prince Charles, for attendees of the prestigious Global Summit Investment. She also traveled to Cardiff to open the sixth Senedd term in the Welsh parliament and kicked off the Royal Baton Relay the week prior. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex with Dame Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, during the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay

The Queen launched the Queen's Baton Relay earlier this month

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While Her Majesty has appeared to be in good spirits at these events, it's impossible to ignore the signs of her declining health. 

Photos of the Queen using a walking stick at a Westminster Abbey service last week had fans worried about her mobility, and news that she's been advised by doctors to give up alcohol has shed questions over her general physical wellbeing. It doesn't help that Covid-19 transmission rates in the UK are on the rise, with over 50,000 cases recorded on Thursday. If this trend continues, it doesn't seem safe for the Queen to keep mixing with the public. 

: Queen Elizabeth II, Elin Jones, Llywydd of the Senedd and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall talk during the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd at The Senedd on October 14, 2021 in Cardiff, Wales.

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"The Queen's schedule has been relentless for seven decades and, even at her advancing age, she simply doesn't want to stop working," Dan Wootton wrote in the Daily Mail, reminding readers that the monarch completed 136 engagements in 130 days last year. 

"I beg of Her Majesty: Please, Ma'am, for the sake of all of us, it's time to slow down."

His sentiments were echoed by fellow Daily Mail journalist Richard Eden, who said, "After a lifetime of service, we ought to say to the Queen, you can retire, feel free to retire." 

For the Queen, it looks like this advice is easier said than done. In a message of good wishes to the Head of State, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "given to understand that actually Her Majesty is characteristically back at her desk at Windsor as we speak." It is also expected that she will travel to Scotland to attend the Glasgow COP26 climate change summit in November, where she will be joined by the likes of Sir David Attenborough, President Biden, Pope Francis, and Greta Thunberg.

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.