Her Majesty The Queen has been forced to cancel attending a Westminster Abbey church service today after symptoms of gastroenteritis have continued, despite hospital treatment last week and the assurance that Her Majesty would be fit enough to attend today’s commonwealth themed church service.
Instead, the Duke of Edinburgh is attending the service on his own whilst the Queen recovers at Buckingham Palace. The Queen, who is 87 next month, began suffering with gastroenteritis last week and it became known to the public when she had to pull out of a St David’s day engagement in Wales.
It then became known that Her Majesty had been driven to King Edward VII hospital where she stayed for around 24 hours, receiving assessment for her symptoms before being released the next day to recover at Buckingham Palace.
Today, Her Majesty was expected to be back at work with this service at Westminster Abbey ; though this morning Buckingham Palace announced that Her Majesty wouldn’t be attending.
At 11am Buckingham Palace released the statement saying: “The Queen will regrettably no longer attend the Commonwealth Observance at Westminster Abbey today as she continues to recover following her recent illness.
“The Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Observance as planned.
“However, Her Majesty will still attend the Commonwealth Reception at Marlborough House this evening to sign a new Commonwealth Charter. The Queen hopes to undertake some of her official engagements planned for the rest of this week.”
It is understood that the Queen saw her doctor this morning and was advised that it would be better if she did not sit through the hour-long Abbey service, where she had been due to address a 2,000-strong congregation. Instead she will spend the day resting, travelling from Windsor Castle, where she spent the weekend, to Buckingham Palace after lunch and then going the short distance to Marlborough House on the Mall for the evening reception, where she is expected to say a few words to the representatives of the Commonwealth.