2013年3月1日

Queen forced to cancel trip to Swansea after being struck down with suspected gastroenteritis



The Queen has been forced to cancel a visit to Wales today after being struck down with suspected gastroenteritis.
The monarch was due  to attend a military celebration in Swansea as part  of the city’s St David’s Day celebrations.
But a Buckingham Palace spokesman said she will instead spend the weekend at Windsor, and will be assessed by doctors in the coming days.
The Queen, 86, was due to spend three hours in Swansea meeting soldiers and their families before a lunch at the George Hall.
She had also planned to present St David’s Day leeks to members of 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh Regiment.
The ceremony will continue in her absence, but will now instead be carried out by the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, Byron Lewis.
A council spokesman said: ‘The Lord Lieutenant will be met upon arrival at the Guildhall by Brigadier Philip Napier, Colonel of the Regiment.
‘The parade will present arms for a royal salute and play the national anthem before the Lord Lieutenant is invited to present leeks to a representative body of the regiment.
‘Following the parade, the Lord Lieutenant will attend a reception with members of the battalion and their families, before proceeding to the George Hall for lunch.’
The Queen has rarely taken time off due to illness during her six decades as monarch.
She is normally in robust health and is known not to make a fuss in times of sickness or discomfort.
She has, however, suffered occasional problems with her back. In October, she was forced to cancel an appearance at a Windsor Castle investiture ceremony, and also had to miss a church service in Scotland a few days earlier.
 
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In 2006, she suffered a strain to her back during her annual summer break at Balmoral which led to her cancelling a tour of Arsenal’s new stadium.
She also missed a visit to the British Museum in October 2011 because of a bad cold.
Disappointed locals took to Twitter last night to voice their upset at today’s change of plans. Becca Masters commented ‘poor Queenie’ while Peter Grant added ‘Get well soon your Majesty!’
June Marcroft added: ‘Jeez, she’s human after all, I thought she was bionic.’
 
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The Queen’s most recent appearance was to present a host of Olympic stars with honours during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
She and the Duke of Edinburgh are scheduled to fly out to Rome for a two-day visit next week.
A Palace spokesman said the trip was still due to take place but a decision would be made after the Queen is assessed in the next few days.
Gastroenteritis is an infection of the stomach and bowel, with common symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration.
 
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In England, the two most common causes of gastroenteritis in adults are the norovirus and food poisoning, according to NHS Choices.
In June, the Duke of Edinburgh succumbed to a bladder infection thought to be brought on after being forced to stand for several hours in cold, wet and windy conditions on a barge sailing down the Thames during the Jubilee River Pageant.
The 91-year-old was taken into hospital just hours  before the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee’s closing celebrations at Buckingham Palace,  where she was joined by some 12,000 people.
The illness forced him to miss several other key events, including a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.
 
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