LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II left a central London hospital today after a one-day stay caused by a severe stomach bug.
She walked unassisted out of King Edward VII Hospital Monday afternoon wearing a scarlet coat and a wide smile, and was driven away in a motorcade.
Her departure was earlier than expected; her stay at the hospital, a royal favorite, had initially been planned for two days. She has been suffering from gastroenteritis, a stomach and intestinal inflammation, which first cropped up on Friday.
The queen, who turns 87 next month, rarely drops out of engagements for health reasons, but she has cancelled her schedule for this week, including a trip to Rome, due to the illness.
It was her first hospitalization in 10 years, and London media reported she wanted the episode to be as low-key as possible.
A palace spokeswoman said her schedule for this week will remain suspended while she recovers, and next week depends on how she is feeling.