Queen keeps up appearances after surgery
NOW we know why the Queen has been wearing sunglasses at a number of recent public events including the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Her Royal Highness underwent surgery last month to remove a cataract from her eye, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The 92-year-old monarch, who otherwise seems to be hail and hearty, was treated as a day patient at the private King Edward VII hospital, London.
Her Majesty â€œsuccessfully underwent a short planned procedureâ€?, a spokesman from the palace said.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, leading to a decrease in vision. If left untreated, cataracts can cause blurry vision and eventually blindness.
The condition may be hereditary.
The Queen Mother had an operation to remove a cataract from her left eye in 1995 when she was 95 years old.
The last time Queen Elizabeth was in hospital was in 2013 at age 86 after she suffered a bout of gastroenteritis.