Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II rested on Friday and performed some simple tasks after spending a night in hospital for the first time in years for what Buckingham Palace described as “initial checks”
The 95-year-old queen, the world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch, spent Wednesday night in hospital but returned to her castle residence in Windsor, west London, the next day and officials said she was in good spirits and back at work.
The Queen canceled an official visit to Northern Ireland on Wednesday, and the palace said the Queen’s medical staff had asked her to rest and that her illness had nothing to do with Covid-19.
“Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen was admitted to hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary examinations, and returned to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today in good spirits,” the palace said late last night.
Aides gave no details of why the doctors were advised, and some media reporters covering the royal family said they hoped the official version of events would provide the full picture.
A royal source said that the Queen entered King Edward VII Hospital, in central London, for practical reasons, and that her medical team had taken a precautionary approach, adding that she was resting now and performing some simple tasks.
The source added that Elizabeth returned to her office to work on Thursday afternoon and did some light tasks.
A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had sent his best wishes to Queen Elizabeth.