The Queen's illness comes after busy week

On Tuesday the Queen met with the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, at Buckingham Palace
On Tuesday, the Queen met with the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Buckingham Palace has confirmed the Queen is in hospital being treated for gastroenteritis. All official engagements have been cancelled including an official visit to Rome which was due to take place next week.

Her Majesty has had a very busy week of official engagements before she fell ill.

Tuesday

The Queen met the newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury at Buckingham Palace. The Most Reverend Justin Welby met Her Majesty in his first official day in his new position. The Queen also entertained other diplomats and dignitaries.

She held a reception for key dignitaries including Lieutenant Governor the Hon. Frank Lewis for Prince Edward Island
She held a reception for key dignitaries including Lieutenant Governor the Hon. Frank Lewis for Prince Edward Island. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Wednesday

The Queen visited the Royal London Hospital to officially open the centre after a recent refurbishment. She met a survivior of the London bombings.

She first spoke to professional dancer Bruce Lait when she met survivors the day after the 2005 attacks on the London Underground and bus network, which killed 52 people.

They met again at the Royal London Hospital in the East End, where Mr Lait, from Ipswich, Suffolk, was originally treated after being caught up in the Aldgate Tube blast.

The Queen meeting Bruce Lait the day after the London bombings in 2005.
The Queen, seen here in 2005, first met Bruce Lait the day after the London bombings. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II toured the Royal London Hospital in east London.
Queen Elizabeth II toured the Royal London Hospital in east London on Wednesday. Credit: REUTERS/Ian Gavan

Thursday

The Queen bestowed honours on members of Team GB and Paralympics GB at Buckingham Palace. Jessica Ennis, Jason Kenny and Greg Rutherford all received awards.

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Jessica Ennis receives her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal
Jessica Ennis received her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal on Thursday. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Friday

Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen would be unable to attend celebrations to mark St David's Day in Swansea after falling ill with a stomach bug.

A spokesperson for the Royal Household said that "she will be assessed in the coming days. Her Majesty is currently spending the weekend at Windsor, as usual."

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall took part in celebrations in Cardiff.

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles in Cardiff on Friday
The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles in Cardiff on Friday. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meets Hannah Stone, current harpist to the Prince, with Catrin Finch (right), the first harpist to the Prince
The Prince of Wales met Hannah Stone, current harpist to the Prince, with Catrin Finch (right), the first harpist to the Prince. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Saturday

The Queen continues to rest at Windsor Castle after doctors decide she is too unwell to take part in official engagements. In Swansea, the Royal Welsh receive their customary leeks from her official representative the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, Byron Lewis.

Crowds gather for the parade in Swansea
Crowds gathered for the parade in Swansea. Credit: ITV News

Sunday

Buckingham Palace announces the Queen is receiving treatment in hospital as a precautionary measure. All official engagements including a trip to Rome are cancelled.