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Stomach bug cancels Queen's trip to Wales

March 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM   |   Comments

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LONDON, March 2 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II canceled a visit to Wales Saturday after she came down with gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace says.

The 86-year-old British monarch was due to present leeks to members of the 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh to mark St. David's Day, the BBC reported.

Instead, she will spend the weekend at Windsor Castle, where she will be "assessed in the coming days," a palace spokesman said.

It would have been her first time to present leeks, a symbol of Wales' patron saint, to the reserve force of the regiment at a parade in Swansea, CNN reported.

Byron Lewis, the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, made the presentation instead.

The queen's illness could affect a planned two-day trip with Prince Philip to Rome next weekend where she is scheduled to meet with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.

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