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Queen ‘spent a night in hospital after cancelling Northern Irish trip’ 

Queen, 95, spends night in hospital undergoing tests after cancelling visit to Northern Ireland – and is now ‘in good spirits’ after being discharged back to Windsor Castle

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The Queen spent the night in hospital for tests after an official trip to Northern Ireland marking 100 years since the partition of the island was suddenly cancelled. 

Royal doctors ordered Her Majesty, 95, to rest and advised her to miss a trip to the province, sparking speculation about the reason for the eleventh-hour cancellation.

It is understood the trip to an unnamed hospital in London on Wednesday afternoon was expected to be for a short stay for some preliminary investigations, so was not announced by the Palace at the time, as well as in order to protect the Queen’s medical privacy.  

Buckingham Palace said that the monarch stayed at the unnamed hospital overnight for the first time in eight years before she was discharged and returned to Windsor Castle at lunch today, where she is expected to recuperate for the rest of the week.

The Queen was understood to be in ‘good spirits’ and back at her desk at Windsor reading her official government red boxes. It is believed that her medical team acted out of caution to have her admitted yesterday and that the overnight stay was for practical reasons. 

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits.’  

The 95-year-old monarch was said to be disappointed not to be able to travel to Northern Ireland on Wednesday, and reluctantly heeded the advice of her royal physicians.

She has had a busy schedule since returning from Balmoral at the start of October, and hosted a major Global Investment summit at Windsor Castle on Tuesday evening, where she looked bright and cheerful as she carried out her royal duties. 

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The Queen and Boris Johnson at a reception for the Global Investment Summit in Windsor Castle, October 19, 2021

The Queen and Boris Johnson at a reception for the Global Investment Summit in Windsor Castle, October 19, 2021

The Queen and Boris Johnson at a reception for the Global Investment Summit in Windsor Castle, October 19, 2021

The Queen and Boris Johnson at a reception for the Global Investment Summit in Windsor Castle, October 19, 2021

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Boris Johnson attending a service to mark the centenary of the partition at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, October 21, 2021

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