THE Queen faces two days in hospital and will be out of action for a week because of a stomach bug. The 86-year-old monarch is being rehydrated and is believed to be on a drip as she fights gastroenteritis. She has had to scrap several engagements after being taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London. It is her first stay in hospital for ten years — and last night all Britain was urging her to get well soon.
Royal experts, celebs and millions of ordinary people across the land voiced their goodwill, saying: “Get well soon, Ma’am!” The chorus was led by PM David Cameron, who said: “My best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen. I hope she makes a speedy recovery.” And The Sun’s veteran royal photographer Arthur Edwards added: “Ma’am, get better quickly — work can wait until you feel up to it.” The Queen — now in the 61st year of her reign — has been hit by the stomach ailment gastroenteritis, In tackling the bug, which has forced her to cancel some engagements and will keep her out of action for a week, medics will ensure she gets plenty of fluids to ward off dehydration. She is likely to be on a drip at King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, central London — where the Duchess of Cambridge was treated for severe morning sickness last year.
Her Majesty was in extra safe hands at the hospital yesterday as police on guard outside included Britain’s biggest bobby PC Anthony Wallyn, who is 7ft 2in. This is the first time in a DECADE that the 86-year-old monarch, who normally enjoys amazingly robust health, has been in hospital. Her last stay was way back in 2003 for an op on a minor knee injury. She was first treated for the stomach bug at Windsor Castle last Friday and when her condition did not improve she was taken to London by car. Buckingham Palace said yesterday she had gone into hospital as a precaution but that she was “otherwise in good health and good spirits”. It was unclear yesterday what had caused the bug but it can be passed by touching infected people or even breathing the same air as them.
The Queen visited a hospital last Wednesday, two days before feeling unwell herself, though she always wears gloves which help to limit the spread of disease. Sun doctor Carol Cooper said she would be having blood tests to find the cause of the infection and would need rehydrating. Dr Cooper added: “She will either be on a drip or the hospital will be considering it.” Last night goodwill messages flooded in, with Labour leader Ed Miliband saying: “Along with millions of others, I wish her a speedy recovery.”
Majesty magazine’s editor Ingrid Seward said: “The whole country is willing her to get better.” The Queen has been forced to cancel several engagements for the coming week. They include a visit to the Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster, a reception for MPs and MEPs at Buckingham Palace and a trip to Rome with Prince Philip.
Meanwhile pictures of the Met’s giant PC Wallyn on duty outside the hospital with 5ft 6in PC Tony Thich — the smallest officer in Westminster Borough Support Unit — caused a Twitter stir last night.
One user, Nia Jones, said: “Giant police! Big security!”
PC Wallyn himself joked that it would be “a nice photo” if the 5ft 4in Queen walked past him when she leaves the hospital.
GASTROENTERITIS is a bowel and stomach infection causing vomiting and diarrhoea.
Common causes are food poisoning and the norovirus, and it usually passes in a few days.
Those vulnerable through age or illness — or with severe symptoms — may need hospital treatment.
Health expert Professor Christopher Hawkey thinks the Queen has been hit by norovirus and she will be in isolation treated with a drip.