Queen Elizabeth holds first public engagement since hospital stay

LONDON – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, whose health has come into the spotlight after the 95-year-old missed a memorial service, was pictured standing and smiling in hospital on Wednesday at her first personal engagement in a night.

The monarch stayed in the hospital for the first time in years last month for a “preliminary examination” of an unspecified disease, and doctors advised her to cancel most of the engagements since then.

She retired from the memorial service at the Cenotaph War Memorial on Sunday with a sprained back that a Buckingham Palace source said had nothing to do with the condition, which required rest and was an unfortunate accident.

Queen Elizabeth II receives General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of Defense, at Windsor Castle on Wednesday. Steve Parsons / Pool via AP

However, on Wednesday she was back at work at her home in Windsor Castle, where she was filmed chatting with Nick Carter, Chief of Defense Staff and UK professional chief of the armed forces.

He will resign from office at the end of November.

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The Queen, the world’s oldest and longest-ruling monarch, has missed a number of high-profile engagements since she was retired, including the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow earlier this month.

The last time she appeared at a public event was on October 19, when she hosted a drinks reception for billionaire business leaders in Windsor.

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