Queen Elizabeth II In Hospital For First Time In 10 Years

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March 4, 2013 | 3:56am EST

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has bowed out of all her planned engagements for the coming week as she continues to battle a stomach infection.
The 86-year-old monarch was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London on Sunday to receive treatment for a suspected bout of gastroenteritis, marking her first hospital stay in 10 years.
She has postponed or cancelled her upcoming appearances, including a two-day visit to Italy on Wednesday, but a Buckingham Palace spokesperson insists the hospitalisation is “a precautionary measure”.
The royal had already skipped an event in Swansea, Wales, on Saturday due to the illness.