Queen cancels Swansea visit
THE Queen has had to pull out of today’s visit to Swansea because she is suffering from gastroenteritis.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Queen is unwell and will “be assessed in the coming days”.
The 86-year-old monarch was due to visit South West Wales today to present St David’s Day leeks to 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.
She was due at the function at 11.30am and was also due to attend a civic lunch there.
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She is currently at Windsor Castle, where she is spending the weekend “as usual”, the palace said in a statement.
Swansea Council said the ceremony would go ahead as planned with the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, Byron Lewis.
A council spokesman said: “Due to minor illness, Her Majesty The Queen is unable to attend Saturday’s event.
“The ceremony will continue as planned and will be carried out by the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, Mr Byron Lewis.
“The Lord Lieutenant will be met upon arrival at the Guildhall by Brigadier Philip Napier, Colonel of the Regiment.
“The parade will present arms for a royal salute and play the national anthem before the Lord Lieutenant is invited to present leeks to a representative body of the regiment.
“Following the parade, the Lord Lieutenant will attend a reception with members of the battalion and their families, before proceeding to the George Hall for lunch.
“The event will take place in and around the Brangwyn Hall and public viewing areas will be available.”
She last had to cancel an event, an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, due to chronic back pain in October 2012.
The Queen presented Olympic stars, including Jessica Ennis, Nicola Adams and Greg Rutherford, with honours at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.