U.K. Media: Queen Elizabeth II in Hospital With Stomach Bug

Her admission to a London health center, described as a precaution, is a focus of British news coverage Sunday afternoon.
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LONDON - British TV news reports and web sites Sunday afternoon in most cases focused on Queen Elizabeth II's health status.

The monarch was admitted to London's King Edward VII Hospital on Sunday "as a precaution" amid symptoms of gastroenteritis, according to the media reports.

Gastroenteritis causes inflammation of the intestines and the stomach lining. It can lead to vomiting, stomach aches and fever.

A palace spokesperson quoted by various reports said the 86-year-old monarch would cancel or postpone all official engagements for the coming week.

The Guardian said that this would include a planned trip to Rome. 

Tabloid The Daily Mirror emphasized that the Queen rarely cancels public appearances. She last had to withdraw from a ceremony in October due to chronic back pain, it said.

The BBC reported that Queen Elizabeth II was driven to hospital by car after a medal presentation at Buckingham Palace. It quoted palace sources as saying that she was "in good spirits."

The BBC's royal correspondent reported that she would remain in hospital under observation for around two days. Queen Elizabeth II was last in hospital 10 years ago, he said.

The web site of tabloid The Sun, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., didn't have a latest report on the Queen's trip to hospital as of Sunday late afternoon. But it featured a morning story about how the Queen had stayed at the royals' Windsor Castle on Saturday to fight the stomach bug.

During last summer's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Queen's husband, Prince Philip, was taken to hospital with a bladder infection.

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