Princess Anne spending second day in hospital

Princess Anne spending second day in hospital

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The Princess Royal is spending a second day in hospital, where she is being treated for a minor head injury and concussion thought to have been caused by a horse.

Princess Anne, 73, is “recovering well” after Sunday’s accident on her Gloucestershire estate, Buckingham Palace has said, and she is expected to make a full recovery.

But she will miss the State Banquet with the Emperor and Empress of Japan later and her trip to Canada this week has been postponed.

The King has sent “his fondest love and well-wishes” to the princess “for a speedy recovery”, while Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer have also sent their best wishes.

The Princess Royal was injured on Sunday evening when she was out walking on her estate and horses were nearby.

It is understood the princess has not been able to recall the details of what happened on Sunday evening due to her concussion.

Her medical team suggested her head injury is consistent with the type of impact from a horse’s legs or head.

Emergency services were called to the estate and the princess was taken to Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

Her husband Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and her daughter Zara and son Peter were on the estate at the time. Her husband then travelled with her to hospital.

The princess is conscious and is expected to stay in hospital until later this week “as a precautionary measure for observation”, a Buckingham Palace statement said on Monday.

Southmead is an NHS hospital, part of the North Bristol NHS Trust, and has a number of major specialities, including neuroscience.

PAThe princess is being treated at Southmead Hospital in Bristol

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “Her Royal Highness is recovering well, is in a comfortable condition and is being kept in hospital as a precautionary measure for further observation.”

The spokesman added: “On doctors’ advice, Her Royal Highness’s engagements for the week ahead will be postponed. Her Royal Highness sends her apologies to any who may be inconvenienced or disappointed as a result.”

According to the NHS, concussion can be the result of a “temporary injury to the brain caused by a bump, blow or jolt”.

It can cause forgetfulness, tiredness and a lack of concentration and can take a couple of weeks before a full recovery.

The week, the princess had a series of events planned, including the Japanese state visit, with other engagements scheduled in Scotland, Hampshire and Gloucestershire.

The hospitalisation of Princess Anne is the latest health problem facing the Royal Family.

King Charles and the Princess of Wales both have had a cancer diagnosis this year, limiting their public engagements.

Meanwhile, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan are beginning a three-day state visit to the UK.

They will receive a ceremonial welcome and a carriage ride up the Mall, with a state banquet hosted by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace.

But because of the general-election campaign, the Japanese royal couple will not make a trip to Downing Street.

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