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Queen's diary engagements remain cancelled

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman has confirmed that the Queen's events that had been cancelled this week would not be reinstated.

Engagements cancelled or postponed this week remain so.

Next week we'll have to see, as she has only just been released from hospital.

– Spokeswoman for the Queen

She was due at the annual Commonwealth Observance multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey in London.

The monarch's pre-recorded video message to the family of nations will be broadcast to the 2,000-strong congregation on March 11.

Soon after leaving hospital the Queen's royal standard was raised above Buckingham Palace, indicating her first stop was her official London home.


Unknown when Queen will return to duty

The Queen, who is being treated in hospital for symptoms of gastroenteritis, has cancelled her engagements this week but Buckingham Palace said it was too early to say whether she would attend forthcoming events.

Here's a look at her upcoming schedule:

  • On Monday, the Queen, is due to speak in front of 2,000 people at the annual Commonwealth Observance multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey in central London
  • After the service, she is due to attend the Commonwealth Reception given by the Commonwealth Secretary-General at Marlborough House
  • On Wednesday March 13 the Queen is due to visit Tech City, east London, with her son the Duke of York
  • On Thursday March 14, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are due at a service at the Guards' Chapel to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Soldiers and Airmen's Scripture Readers Association
  • On Thursday March 28, the Queen is scheduled to distribute the Royal Maundy at the Maundy Service in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
  • In April, she turns 87 while Prince Philip's 92nd birthday is in June


'Big Tone and Little Tone' guarding the Queen

PC Wallyn (left) and PC Thich, known as Big Tone and Little Tone in the Met, ensured unwelcome visitors both large and small were kept away. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Britain's tallest policeman, 7 feet 2 inch PC Anthony Wallyn, was among the officers standing guard outside the Queen's London hospital tonight.

To the delight of the photographers gathered outside King Edward VII Hospital, he was partnered by the smallest officer in the Met's Westminster Borough Support Unit, PC Tony Thich, who measures 5 feet 6 inches.

PC Wallyn, who wears size 17 shoes, said he gets "100-500 requests for a photo" every day, and hopes he may be able to add one with the hospital's most notable current patient.

"It would be a nice photo," he joked of the chance to be snapped next to the 5 feet 4 inch tall monarch.

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