Queen Elizabeth misses UK public events with hip surgery

Written by By Staff Writer People in the UK may have to wait some time for a visit from Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen is unlikely to make any public appearances in March, when…

Queen Elizabeth misses UK public events with hip surgery

Written by By Staff Writer

People in the UK may have to wait some time for a visit from Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen is unlikely to make any public appearances in March, when the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London will be taking place, British media reported, citing a spokesman for Buckingham Palace.

Such a state of health could be a major blow to Buckingham Palace, which will be welcoming new Queen’s representatives — the British Prime Minister and her government ministers — at the meeting, which runs from March 13 to March 17.

The Queen has missed some Commonwealth gatherings in the past. Last year, for example, she missed part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting due to a family illness.

To get around Buckingham Palace, traffic queues stretch into the street from around London’s Admiralty Arch on February 11, 2018. Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Queen has already spent the weekend recuperating, with no public engagements on her schedule this coming Monday, the weekend before the first day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

She was hospitalized in November for the final stages of an operation on her hip and stayed at the King Edward VII Hospital in London for 10 days before being released.

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