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Tuesday, 31 July, 2001, 13:10 GMT 14:10 UK
Queen Mother suffers heat exhaustion
Queen Mother's birthday celebration
Thousands of well-wishers turned out to celebrate the Queen Mother's 100th birthday
The Queen Mother, who celebrates her 101st birthday on Saturday, is suffering from mild heat exhaustion.

She has been seen by a doctor, who has advised her to rest, Clarence House has said.

The Queen will stand in for her mother at an official engagement in London on Wednesday where she will lay a foundation stone of a memorial to the colonial war dead.

Officials are waiting to see whether she will be fit enough to take part in her planned birthday celebrations at the weekend.

Queen Mother
The Queen Mother: Taking a few days' rest
The Queen Mother has made some high profile appearances during the summer heatwave.

She was at Ascot races on Saturday to watch the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.

She also attended the Sandringham Flower Show with Prince Charles last week.

The BBC's Royal Correspondent, Jennie Bond, said the Queen Mother had been in "very good health".

But she added: "Obviously with someone of her great age any medical problems at all can be regarded as quite serious and everyone is just a little worried about her."

Former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter said he did not think the Queen Mother's health would stop her from celebrating her birthday on Saturday.

Come Saturday we will see her out there in all her glory

Dickie Arbiter

"She is suffering from heat exhaustion but with the temperatures that are currently being experienced in England, a lot of other people are as well.

"Given that she is going to be 101 in four days' time you have got to expect a little bit of weariness," he told BBC News 24.

"I don't think there is anything serious at all," Mr Arbiter said.

"I think she is going to take this opportunity of relaxing over the next few days and come Saturday we will see her out there in all her glory.

Heat exhaustion symptoms
High temperature
High fever
Extreme fatigue
Mental clouding

Widespread celebrations took place last year when the Queen Mother celebrated her 100th birthday.

Crowds lined the streets of central London to watch as she made a ceremonial birthday journey from her home in Clarence House to Buckingham Palace.

She was greeted by a rendition of Happy Birthday sung by a 40,000-strong crowd as she stepped out onto the palace balcony.

The UK has been gripped by a heatwave in recent weeks with temperatures hitting 31.9C (90F) - making it hotter than Hawaii.

The hot weather is expected to continue until Thursday when thunder storms in the south east should see temperatures falling.

The BBC's Jennie Bond
"Tonight the Queen Mother is taking it easy"
Former Palace aide Dickie Arbiter
"I don't think it is anything serious at all"
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