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Friday, 3 August, 2001, 01:41 GMT 02:41 UK
Queen Mother recovers at home
The Queen Mother
The Queen Mother: Taking a few days' rest
The Queen Mother is recuperating at her London residence Clarence House after undergoing a blood transfusion for anaemia.

She is getting plenty of rest in time for her 101st birthday celebrations on Saturday.

Despite her fragility, she remains determined to make her usual appearance at the gates of her home to greet well-wishers


I am sure everyone is delighted she is able to leave hospital.

Tony Blair
The Queen Mother was discharged on Thursday evening from the private King Edward VII hospital, in central London.

She had been admitted the day before after complaining of severe tiredness.

She was diagnosed with anaemia - a shortage of red blood cells - after undergoing tests.

Leaving the hospital she walked to her car using a walking stick, before waving to the press and well-wishers assembled outside.

About 20 well-wishers braved the rain to welcome her back to her Clarence House. Some held placards with "Welcome Home" and "Happy 101st Queen Mum" written on them.

Emily Coughlan, a fan of Queen Mother, said: "It was absolutely wonderful to see her.

"And if everybody had heard the corgis, they went berserk as she drove into the house, into the garden, they had all the corgis waiting there for her.

Holiday

"Everything that she loves is there, she's back in her own house and we shall definitely see her Saturday morning."

Along with her birthday plans the Queen Mother is also hoping to go on her annual visit to her Highland retreat, the Castle of Mey, near John O'Groats.

It remains to be seen whether she is well enough to travel.

Doctors said that while a blood transfusion was a serious procedure, especially in one so elderly, the Queen Mother should feel buoyed afterwards.

A Clarence House statement said that "the treatment has been completed satisfactorily".

'Speedy recovery'

The Queen, the Prince of Wales and other senior members of the Royal Family have kept in close touch by telephone but did not visited the hospital.

The Queen said her mother needed "a good rest more than anything else".

Prime Minister Tony Blair, on an official visit to Mexico, welcomed news that the Queen Mother had left hospital.

"The Queen Mother is a hugely popular figure, not just in Britain but around the world," he said.

"I am sure everyone is delighted she is able to leave hospital. I am sure we all want her to make a speedy recovery and enjoy her 101st birthday."

Other well-wishers included "Forces' sweetheart" singer Dame Vera Lynn who urged her old friend to "take it easy".

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The BBC's Jennie Bond
"There is no indication at the moment she will need to return for further tests or treatment"
The BBC's Sophie Hutchinson
"A frail, yet determined looking Queen Mother"
See also:

02 Aug 01 | UK
Queen Mother 'needs a rest'
01 Aug 01 | Medical notes
Anaemia
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