Queen Elizabeth II, sadly, was hospitalized on Sunday for what appears to be a bout of gastroenteritis. According to a spokesman for the palace, she is in "good spirits and good health", but was taken to King Edward VII's Hospital in London as "a precautionary measure". Queen E postponed all of her official engagements this week, as well as canceled a trip she had planned to Wales on Saturday after she started feeling ill. This is the first time the 86-year-old has been hospitalized in 10 years. The last time being in December of 2003 when she had to have torn cartilage in her knee removed.
It's hard to imagine Queen Elizabeth laying in a hospital bed, various nurses and technicians poking and prodding her, isn't it? In fact, it's hard to imagine the Queen doing anything other than looking perfectly prim and proper in a pastel dress and pillbox hat. Stomach viruses and the flu and god knows what else have been running rampant this winter -- and clearly they don't discriminate (Jennifer Lawrence with the flu at the Golden Globes, anyone?) -- but there's something that just doesn't seem right about the Queen having it. She seems immune to common people problems. Quite frankly, she seems superhuman.
Here's hoping her majesty makes a speedy recovery, and that she doesn't have to cancel or postpone any more plans. Nobody wants that. Least of all the Queen. I think.
Did you or anyone you know come down with a stomach bug this winter?
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