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Queen Mother Elizabeth Is Ill

July 31, 2001

LONDON (AP) _ The Queen Mother Elizabeth, who will celebrate her 101st birthday on Saturday, is suffering from mild heat exhaustion and has been advised to rest, her office said Tuesday.

The hugely popular mother of Queen Elizabeth II withdrew from a public engagement Wednesday. Doctors said they will wait to see whether she recovers sufficiently to take part in birthday celebrations this weekend.

For the past week, temperatures have been above 86 degrees _ a heat wave by British standards.

``Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother is suffering from mild heat exhaustion and has been advised to rest,″ said a statement from Clarence House, the Queen Mother’s home near Buckingham Palace.

The statement said the queen will fill her mother’s role at an event Wednesday remembering the colonial war dead in London’s Constitution Hill.

A spokeswoman for the Queen Mother refused to disclose any further details.

The Queen Mother, widow of King George VI, has remained active despite her age and a series of minor health problems. On Saturday, she attended the Ascot horse races and she was a guest at a flower show with her grandson Prince Charles last week.

Last November, the Queen Mother broke her collar bone during a fall at her home. She also had two hip replacements when in her 90s.

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