Queen Elizabeth II Hospitalized for Stomach Bug, Revealing She's Not Superhuman

queen elizabethQueen 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.

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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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