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Britain's Queen Elizabeth released from hospital

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LONDON -

Queen Elizabeth smiled and looked rested as she left a London hospital after a stay that lasted less than 24 hours.

The 86 year old monarch bounced back after being treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis, commonly called a stomach bug.

Many Brits were not surprised at her majesty's resilience. The Queen rarely lets sickness get in the way of her schedule, but she canceled a trip to Wales when she became ill on Friday.

On Sunday, palace aides brought her from Windsor Castle to London's King Edward VII Hospital. It was her first stay in nearly a decade.

The Queen's granddaughter-in-law Kate spent several days at the same hospital in December with severe morning sickness.

It's the preferred hospital for members of the royal family.

Palace officials say the Queen has called off her public appearances for the week.

The Queen usually undertakes about 350 engagements a year. The last time she cancelled one was back in October when she had back trouble.

The Queen, who turns 87 next month, celebrated 60 years on the throne last year with days of events across Britain.

As the monarch gets older, palace aides are especially careful not to take any chances with her health.

But her majesty, who is not one to make a fuss, was careful not to stay in the hospital any longer than necessary.

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