The Queen has been admitted into the hospital, says Buckingham Palace. It has been 10 long years ago since the Queen was last hospitalized.
The Queen is in hospital “as a precaution” where she is being assessed for symptoms of gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace says.
The palace is saying the Queen, 86, was transported to King Edward VII Hospital in London.
All official engagements for this week, including the Queen’s trip to Rome, will be either cancelled or postponed.
The Queen was in good spirits when she was driven to hospital by private car on Sunday. Earlier in the day she conducted a medal presentation at the Palace.
The BBC’s royal correspondent Peter Hunt says the Queen will remain in hospital under observation for around two days. The Queen was last in hospital 10 years ago, our correspondent adds. Stomach liningNews of her illness emerged on Saturday after she was forced to cancel a trip to Swansea to mark St David’s Day.
Gastroenteritis causes inflammation of the stomach lining and intestines. The infection can be transmitted through contact with an infected person or contaminated food and drink. Symptoms can include vomiting, fever and stomach ache.
The Queen had been due to spend two days in Rome with the Duke of Edinburgh next weekend, at the invitation of Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano. It is not now clear whether the visit will be re-scheduled.