The Queen back at Windsor Castle after night in hospital

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The Queen spent Wednesday night in hospital for preliminary medical checks but is now back at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace has said.

Royal doctors sent the monarch to be seen by specialists in London on Wednesday afternoon after she was advised to cancel a royal tour.

The Palace said:

“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 (Thursday) and remains in good spirits.”

The Queen was seen by specialists at King Edward VII’s Hospital in Marylebone, London about 19 miles from Windsor.

Her admittance is understood not to be related to coronavirus and marked her first overnight stay in hospital in eight years.

She had a successful surgery to treat an eye cataract in 2018 and also had a knee operation in 2003.

It is unclear on what medical grounds the Queen was admitted to hospital this time but it’s been a busy month for the 95-year-old reigning monarch. The official record of the Queen’s diary shows at least 16 formal events during October so far. Her action packed month has included hosting the Global Investment Summit alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson and a drinks reception for billionaire business leaders such as Bill Gates at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.

After her brief hospital stay, Queen Elizabeth is now back at Windsor Castle and upon her return spent Thursday afternoon reading her official Government red boxes.

The Palace says Her Majesty “remains in good spirits.”

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