Queen Elizabeth discharged from hospital after gastroenteritis

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with the head nurse at the King Edward VII hospital following a one-day stay caused by a stomach ailment in London on March 4, 2013. (Alastair Grant/AP)

Queen Elizabeth has been discharged from hospital where she was admitted over the weekend with symptoms of gastroenteritis, according to reports in British papers.

Earlier reports said the Queen was expected to remain in hospital Monday, and be back at Buckingham Palace as soon as Tuesday, but the Daily Mail snapped photos of the smiling monarch leaving the King Edward VII Hospital around 2:45 p.m. local time on Monday.

“The Queen emerged from the hospital at 2.43 p.m. looking well and smiling broadly as she thanked staff and shook hands with a nurse,” reports The Telegraph.

This brief stay was the first time in a decade that the 86-year-old Queen has been admitted to hospital. The last time she was admitted was for knee surgery.

The Queen has cancelled engagements for the coming week, including a planned visit to Rome on Wednesday and Thursday. She is expected to spend the rest of the week resting.

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