The queen, 92, was hospitalized on Thursday for a minor procedure related to her ongoing gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace announced in a short statement.
According to the palace, the queen was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for a short stay. The palace also noted that the queen was well and recovering.
“The queen was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London earlier today for a short stay to treat a mild infection due to the ongoing gastroenteritis that she has been suffering from,” the statement read. “The queen is continuing to recover and is in good spirits.”
“She will remain in hospital overnight and is expected to return home this evening,” the statement continued.
The palace went on to thank well-wishers for their well wishes and noted that no further details about the queen’s illness were available.
“The queen’s physicians will continue to monitor her condition and provide advice as required,” the statement concluded.
This was the queen’s first medical issue while in residence at Buckingham Palace.
The queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were recently forced to cut short their tour of Denmark on June 22 due to the queen’s “heavy cold.” A day earlier, the queen and Prince Philip were hospitalized for a day each after spending more than a week of uncharacteristically being at home in London recovering from a bout of gastroenteritis.
Even before her less-than-stellar year, the queen’s health has suffered in recent years. In 2016, a gastrointestinal hemorrhage put the Queen in the hospital.
The queen has seen her workload increase in recent years, and not for the reasons you might think.
A highly competitive monarch who rarely takes vacation, the queen’s workload has taken a sharp increase since 2013. Since 2013, Buckingham Palace has released a six-page, full-color pamphlet detailing the duties that the queen has undertaken and the opportunities she has had to give back to the British public.
According to the pamphlet, the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have completed 10,598 days of duty for the nation. This equates to roughly 106 work days per year. In the past decade, the queen has been the driving force behind the Royal Artillery Changing of the Guard as well as the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
While many citizens sympathize with the queen over her long days of work, a portion of the population do not.
An independent poll in 2017 from Kantar Public found that nearly 45 percent of respondents believed the queen is doing too much, while only 23 percent felt she is doing about the right amount. An additional 8 percent said the queen is doing too little, which would amount to about 35 percent of respondents.