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Following hospital visit Queen Elizabeth II back to public duties

After spending a night in the hospital last week Queen Elizabeth II is back to public duties on Tuesday for the first time, holding video calls with incoming ambassadors.

The 95-year-old monarch’s overnight hospital stay, which royal officials said was for practical reasons following “some preliminary investigations,” has raised fears over her health, given her age.

She has also been seen using a walking stick for the first time at a major public event.

The queen, who is currently living at Windsor Castle, held video calls to receive new ambassadors from South Korea and Switzerland, Buckingham Palace said in a statement Tuesday.

She was shown smiling as she spoke on a screen, wearing a yellow dress and pearls.

Her last public event before that was a busy Windsor Castle evening reception for attendees of the government’s global investment summit on Oct. 19.

Doctors subsequently ordered her to rest and she canceled a visit to Northern Ireland later in the week. She then went to the hospital for tests and stayed overnight.

The head of state, who has been on the throne since 1952 and is Britain’s longest-serving monarch, was said to be back at her desk on the afternoon of Oct. 21, undertaking some light work.

She is due to attend events in Scotland next week for the COP26 international climate summit.

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