Palace: Queen Elizabeth II had successful eye surgery

The Queen had eye surgery to remove cataract last month

Queen Elizabeth II during a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London last month

The Queen has undergone eye surgery to remove a cataract.

Her Royal Highness underwent surgery last month to remove a cataract from her eye, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, attends the opening of "The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries" at Westminster Abbey in London, June 8, 2018.

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21 April in London hosted a star-studded concert in honor of the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth. However if you look at recent photographs, you'll notice that she's been wearing sunglasses in quite a few of them.

Following the procedure, the Queen did not cancel or postpone any engagements, and has been seen on good form at events including the Buckingham Palace Garden Party and the Chelsea Flower Show.

Now Buckingham Palace have confirmed this is because she underwent eye surgery to remove a cataract in May. Over time these patches can become bigger, causing blurry, misty vision and eventually blindness if left untreated.

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The Press Association learned from a source that the Queen was treated as a day patient at the private King Edward VII's hospital in London.

Normally an impeccable observer of decorum, it is thought the queen donned the shades on the advice of doctors whilst one eye recovers from surgery to replace the cloudy lens with an artificial one.

In 2013, she had her first hospital stay in 10 years when, at the age of 86, she suffered symptoms of gastroenteritis and missed an engagement in Swansea. It is the most common operation performed in the United Kingdom, taking 30-45 minutes, and has a high success rate.

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Next Thursday, in an appearance sure to be closely watched, she will spend a day in Cheshire in northwest England near Liverpool with none other than her newest granddaughter-in-law, Duchess Meghan of Sussex, 36.

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