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Ill British queen rests up in favourite castle

Published on Mar 3, 2013 6:19 AM
A picture dated Feb 27, 2013 shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meeting with staff during a tour of the new Royal London Hospital building in London. Queen Elizabeth II has cancelled a planned visit to Wales due to a bout of gastroenteritis, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said on March 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was resting up at Windsor Castle on Saturday, after the 86-year-old monarch fell victim to a bout of gastroenteritis.

The sovereign had been due to attend a military celebration in the city of Swansea to mark St. David's Day, the national day of Wales.

But after coming down with gastroenteritis - an infection of the stomach and bowel whose symptoms commonly include vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration - she instead spent the weekend at Windsor Castle, west of London, as she often does.

The medieval fortress is considered home for Queen Elizabeth, while Buckingham Palace in the capital is more her working base. Britain's head of state is known for her robust health and devotion to duty, and rarely misses engagements.

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