British queen heading back to work after illness

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks up and waves to members of staff of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office as she ends an official visit which is part of her Jubilee celebrations in London. Queen Elizabeth has been taken to the King Edward VII hospital in central London suffering from gastroenteritis, Sunday, March 3, 2013. A palace spokesman said she was expected to stay in hospital for two days and all engagements for this week will be either postponed or cancelled.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant Pool, file)

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks up and waves to members of staff of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office as she ends an official visit which is part of her Jubilee celebrations in London. Queen Elizabeth has been taken to the King Edward VII hospital in central London suffering from gastroenteritis, Sunday, March 3, 2013. A palace spokesman said she was expected to stay in hospital for two days and all engagements for this week will be either postponed or cancelled.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant Pool, file)

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace officials say Queen Elizabeth II will resume her royal duties next week after a brief illness.

Officials said Friday the queen and her husband Prince Philip plan to attend a Westminster Abbey service Monday to mark Commonwealth Day with another event scheduled later in the week.

The 86-year-old monarch was hospitalized overnight on Sunday for treatment of gastroenteritis. It was her first hospitalization in a decade.

Officials said the queen's overall health remains good and she is not cutting back on her activities, although taxing overseas travel has been reduced.

The 91-year-old Philip has been treated for heart disease in recent years. He has said he plans to attend fewer events and to scale back his charity events.
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