Queen Elizabeth back at desk after first night in hospital in years
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain's Queen Elizabeth, 95, was back at her desk at Windsor Castle on Friday after she spent a night in hospital for the first time in years for what Buckingham Palace termed "preliminary investigations".
The queen, who cancelled an official trip to Northern Ireland on Wednesday, had been told to rest by her medical staff, the Palace said, but her ailment was not related to COVID-19.
Aides gave no details on what had prompted the medical attention, and some royal correspondents said they hoped the official version of events painted the full picture.
"I am given to understand that actually Her Majesty is, characteristically, back at her desk at Windsor as we speak," Johnson told reporters.
The source said she was now resting and undertaking light official duties.
Elizabeth, who acceded to the throne as Britain was shedding its imperial power, has symbolised stability for generations of British people, building the popularity of the monarchy despite seismic political, social and cultural changes that threatened to make it an anachronism.
Elizabeth, along with her son and heir Prince Charles, 72, and grandson Prince William, 39, greeted guests including U.S. climate envoy John Kerry without masks.
The head of state, who next year celebrates 70 years on the throne, is known for her robust health. The last time she is thought to have spent a night in hospital was in 2013 when she was suffering from symptoms of gastroenteritis.
Prince Philip, her husband of more than seven decades, died in April aged 99.
She was this month seen using a walking stick for support in public for the first time, apart from after her knee operation.