May 24, 2013
Britain's queen, convalescing, drops engagement
Britain's Queen Elizabeth cancelled an official engagement today due to illness following her recent hospitalization with symptoms of gastroenteritis but there is no serious concern about her health, officials said.
"The queen will regrettably no longer attend the Commonwealth observance at Westminster Abbey today as she continues to recover following her recent illness," a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.
The queen, who was discharged from hospital a week ago, is otherwise in good health and was still expected to attend a reception in the evening, the spokesman said. She will also attend some of her official engagements planned later this week.
It was the first time in 10 years that Elizabeth, who rarely cancels official engagements, had been hospitalized. Despite cutting back on a once hectic timetable of foreign visits, she is still renowned for her stamina in dealing with a busy schedule at home.
However, officials were quoted in British media as saying her current health problems were not serious and there was nothing to worry about.