Medical experts said she was likely to be placed on a drip and kept in
isolation during her stay, which is expected to last a couple of days.

A spokesman said she was in “good spirits” and stressed that she had been
admitted to hospital as a “precautionary measure” to make it easier for
doctors to assess her condition.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has passed on his best wishes. Italy’s
President Giorgio Napolitano, who had been due to meet the Queen this week,
also wished her a speedy recovery.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Queen is being assessed at the
King Edward VII’s Hospital, London, after experiencing symptoms of
gastroenteritis. As a precaution, all official engagements for this week
will regrettably be either postponed or cancelled.”

This means that the Queen has had to call off a visit to HMS Lancaster, a
Royal Navy warship known as “The Queen’s Frigate” which she sponsors and
which is currently docked in London, on Tuesday.

She was also due to host a reception at Buckingham Palace for MPs and MEPs on
the same day. Another member of the Royal family will stand in for her.

According to the Court Circular, Janet Doel was received by the Queen just
before she went to hospital, when “Her Majesty decorated her with a Bar
to the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver)”.

The Windsor Castle housemaid, who is understood to be a favourite member of
staff, received Royal Victorian Medal (silver), in 2006.

The Queen, who last year celebrated reaching her 60th year on the throne, has
rarely taken time off for illness during her decades as monarch.

She was last admitted to hospital in December 2003 for an operation on her
left knee. At that time she had to cancel several engagements, but was fully
active again within a few weeks.

The Queen’s latest hospital stay comes after a momentous year for her in 2012,
with the four-day Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June followed by the huge
success of the London Olympics. These saw her playing a starring role
alongside Daniel Craig as James Bond in the spectacular opening ceremony.

However, she has also had to contend with worries about the health of her
91-year-old husband, who was twice admitted to hospital with a bladder
infection during 2012.

The Queen and her family are no strangers to the King Edward VII Hospital in
Marylebone, central London.

The Duchess of Cambridge was treated there in December for severe morning
sickness, and the Duke of Edinburgh spent five nights there in June when he
became unwell in the cold and wet during the Diamond Jubilee pageant on the
River Thames.

As the world’s media once again gathered outside the hospital tonight, two
Metropolitan Police officers, were guarding the front door.

The two officers standing guard (Picture: GETTY)

One was Britain’s tallest officer Pc Anthony Wallyn, 26, who is 7ft 2in. His
partner, Tony Thich, 30, who is 5ft 6in tall, and has been with the Met for
six years.

The pair, both from south London who are part of the Borough Support Unit in
Westminster, are known by their colleagues as “Big Tone” and “Little
Tone” and “T1 and T2”.

Pc Wallyn, who has been with the Met for almost four years, is know to his
colleagues by a variety of nicknames including “Big Tower”, “Tinny”
and “Freak”.

Despite her age, the Queen continues to maintain a full and demanding
schedule.

In the past week she bestowed honours on members of Team GB, including gold
medal-winning heptathlete Jessica Ennis, following the success of the
Olympics, met the new Archbishop of Canterbury and was reunited with a
survivor of the July 7 2005 bombings.

Buckingham Palace could not say whether other members of the Royal family
would be visiting the Queen in hospital, although past experience suggests
that she prefers to cause the minimum amount of disruption to staff and
other patients.

Doctors may also want to keep her isolated to avoid the risk of spreading the
highly infectious disease.

Prof Christopher Hawkey, from Nottingham University’s faculty of medicine and
health sciences, said: “Because it is infectious we try to not admit people
to hospital, as it can start the outbreaks we hear of.

But not everyone can keep up with oral hydration, so it is pretty routine to
go to hospital and have a drip and wait for the thing to pass and keep
yourself hydrated,” he added.

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