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Sunday, 27 January, 2002, 13:35 GMT
Queen Mother 'better all the time'
Queen Mother in September 2001
The Queen Mother turned 101 last year
The Queen has told well-wishers her mother is "getting better all the time" from a bug that has kept her out of the public eye for more than two months.

The Queen Mother's last public appearance was at a ceremony to recommission the aircraft carrier Ark Royal in Portsmouth on 21 November.

I asked how the Queen Mother was and the Queen said: 'She is getting better all the time'

Well-wisher Margaret Wilson
The 101-year-old missed an engagement on the Sandringham estate last Wednesday when Buckingham Palace said she was confined to her room with a bug caught at Christmas.

But the Queen, speaking after attending church at Sandringham on Sunday, said her mother was now "much stronger".

She was asked about the Queen Mother's health by Margaret Wilson, from Holbeach in Lincolnshire, one of 150 people gathered outside St Mary's Church after the service.

"I asked how the Queen Mother was and the Queen said: 'She is getting better all the time. Much stronger now'," said Mrs Wilson, 60, who handed flowers to the Queen.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are staying on the Norfolk estate with the Queen Mother and were the only members of the Royal Family at the church service.

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