Queen Pulls Out Of More Engagements, Still Not Fully Recovered From Stomach Bug

Queen Pulls Out Of More Engagements, Still Not Fully Recovered From Stomach Bug

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has pulled out of more public engagements this week because she has still not fought off a stomach bug, Buckingham Palace announced today.

The news follows the 86-year-old’s withdrawal from attending a commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey on Monday. Although the cancellation came at the 11th hour, the monarch did attend a reception for commonwealth leaders that same evening.

The ruler was also due to take part in a live broadcast ceremony that same day, during which she would have signed a historic charter designed to protect an array of equal, gay, women’s rights, democracy, and the rule of law across the 54 countries that belong to the commonwealth.

Almost two weeks after she was first stricken with a stomach bug on Friday, March 1, hospitalized the following Sunday then discharged 24 hours later, the Queen has pulled out of public engagements for the next two days.

The announcement is a surprise because the Palace said the monarch would attend her official engagements this week after resting on Monday. It’s also unusual because the last time the Queen was hospitalized was in 2003.

She had been due to visit a technology park in east London on Wednesday with her son, the Duke of York, and was expected at a church service at the Guards Chapel near Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

On Monday the Queen went ahead with a reception for Commonwealth leaders in the evening
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