Queen Elizabeth II resumes public duties after hospital stay

AFP , Tuesday 26 Oct 2021

Queen Elizabeth II resumed public duties on Tuesday for the first time since spending a night in hospital last week, holding video calls with incoming ambassadors.

Queen Elizabeth II appears on a screen
Queen Elizabeth II appears on a screen via videolink from Windsor Castle, where she is in residence, during a virtual audience to receive the Ambassador from the Republic of Korea, Gunn Kim, accompanied by HeeJung Lee, left, at Buckingham Palace, London, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. AP

The 95-year-old monarch's overnight hospital stay, which royal officials said was for practical reasons following "some preliminary investigations", has raised fears over her health, given her age.

She has also been seen using a walking stick for the first time at a major public event.

The Queen, who is currently living at Windsor Castle, held video calls to receive new ambassadors from South Korea and Switzerland, Buckingham Palace said in a statement Tuesday.

She was shown smiling as she spoke on a screen, wearing a yellow dress and pearls.

Her last public event before that was a busy Windsor Castle evening reception for attendees of the government's global investment summit on October 19.

Doctors subsequently ordered her to rest and she cancelled a visit to Northern Ireland later in the week. She then went to hospital for tests and stayed overnight.

The head of state, who has been on the throne since 1952 and is Britain's longest-serving monarch, was said to be back at her desk on the afternoon of October 21, undertaking some light work.

She is due to attend events in Scotland next week for the COP26 international climate summit.

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