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Queen’s cataract op revealed as she tours new exhibition at Abbey

By Tony Jones

The Queen has had eye surgery to remove a cataract.

The 92-year-old underwent the successful procedure in May.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "I can confirm that the Queen successfully underwent a short planned procedure to treat a cataract last month."

Cataracts are when the lens, a small transparent disc inside the eye, develops cloudy patches, impairing vision.

The news emerged as the Queen toured a new gallery created in the loft space of Westminster Abbey yesterday.

The major exhibition area has been built where dusty relics were once stored, housing precious artefacts which reflect the building's 1,000-year history.

The Prince of Wales joined her yesterday for a tour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries. The Very Rev Dr John Hall, the Dean of Westminster, who took her on a guided tour, said: "Like other people who have been up there, she was very impressed I think, and quite surprised by the amount of space and by the particular things she was able to see."

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