Queen to return to public engagements next week

THE Queen will resume her ­official public engagements next week following a bout of ­gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace said last night.

She will attend the annual Westminster Abbey service marking Commonwealth Day on Monday, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh.

A palace spokesman said it was “business as usual” for the Queen, who suspended her ­engagements this week, which included a trip to Rome, following the illness.

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The Queen, 86, was struck down last Friday by the stomach bug, which commonly causes symptoms of vomiting and ­repeated episodes of diarrhoea.

She stayed overnight on Sunday at the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London.She was assessed by doctors, and was discharged on Monday.

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Concerns were raised about the Queen’s general well-being as it was the first time she had been admitted to hospital in ­almost ten years. But she left the hospital looking well and ­cheerful.

During Monday’s service, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson will give a speech and there will be performances by soul singer Beverley Knight and indie-rock favourites the Noisettes.

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The Queen’s other engagements include a visit to Tech City in London’s east end to tour a number of companies on Wednesday. The following day she will attend a service at Guards’ Chapel, also in London.