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Tuesday, January 27, 1998 Published at 15:37 GMT


Queen Mother 'making good progress'
image: [ The Queen Mother broke her hip in a fall at Sandringham ]
The Queen Mother broke her hip in a fall at Sandringham

The Queen Mother continues to make good progress in recovering from a hip operation, according to the latest statement from Buckingham Palace.

The BBC's Paul Reynolds with the latest report on the Queen Mother's health (0' 37")
In a brief "medical bulletin", the Palace said the 97-year-old great-grandmother had spent a second comfortable night at the King Edward VII Hospital in west London where she is convalescing.

[ image: Princess Anne leaves the hospital after a short visit]
Princess Anne leaves the hospital after a short visit
The Princess Royal visited the hospital for about 20 minutes on Tuesday, the first member of the royal family to do so.

The Palace confirmed that she sat at the Queen Mother's bedside and spoke briefly to her.

Later Princess Margaret visited the Queen Mother.

"Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, has passed a second comfortable night and is making good progress," the Palace statement said, and promised another bulletin on Wednesday.

The Queen Mother is recovering in hospital after an operation to replace her left hip, following a fall at Sandringham on Sunday.

On Monday her doctors said the operation was a success and that they are going to try to get her sitting up in bed.

The Queen Mother is expected to spend at least two weeks in hospital, depending on her progress

[ image: A well-wisher arrives with a bouquet]
A well-wisher arrives with a bouquet
Get-well cards and bouquets for her have been arriving at the hospital.

The Queen Mother's last official engagement was a visit to Bircham Primary school near Sandringham two weeks ago. The children at the school are now busy making get-well cards to be sent to the hospital.

It is thought that the Queen Mother was outside looking at horses on the estate when she slipped and fell.

[ image: The Queen Mother's hip had been causing her pain]
The Queen Mother's hip had been causing her pain
She was initially admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, near Sandringham, then transferred to the King Edward VII Hospital.

In recent times, ulcers on her left leg have also given problems.


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