Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, 87, leaves King Edward II Hospital in London on March 4, 2013, after being admitted scarcely 24 hours before as a "precautionary measure" for a bout of gastroenteritis, or stomach flu. EFE
London, Mar 4 (EFE).- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was released on Monday from a London hospital after a brief stay for treatment of gastroenteritis.
The queen, who next month will turn 87, was treated at the facility for scarcely 24 hours.
Expecting the presence of numerous photographers and reporters, Elizabeth left King Edward II Hospital under her own power and got into a Bentley to be taken back to Buckingham Palace.
Minutes earlier, the queen, dressed in a red outfit adorned with a brooch, smiling broadly and evidently in a good frame of mind, briefly greeted the medical personnel and nurses at the door of the hospital.
Elizabeth was released earlier than expected, given that it was originally estimated that her hospital stay was to have been for two days.
On Sunday, palace spokespeople announced that the monarch had been admitted to the medical center as a "precautionary measure" after suffering symptoms of gastroenteritis - or stomach flu - and, as a result, she had had to cancel an official visit to Rome and the other acts and events on her agenda for this week.
This was the first time in 10 years that Elizabeth, who has been on the throne for 61 years, had to be hospitalized. In 2003, she was operated on at the same medical center for a sprain in her right knee.