Queen Elizabeth II’s health has been getting a lot of attention lately. She’s already Britain’s longest-reigning monarch (a title she’s held since 2015, when she passed Queen Victoria’s record) and she’s scheduled to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee (marking the 70th anniversary of her ascension to the throne) next year. As anticipation for this new milestone grows, so does concern about Elizabeth’s wellbeing and the possibility that she could pass away before the Jubilee.
That’s part of why royal fans were so rocked last week when news broke that the Queen had spent a night in the hospital. Buckingham Palace confirmed the hospitalization (which came after the monarch cancelled a planned trip to Northern Ireland) in a statement on Wednesday: that read:
“The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days. Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow. The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, and looks forward to visiting in the future.”
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