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Princess Margaret Said on the Mend

February 25, 1998

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) _ Two days after Princess Margaret suffered a mild stroke on her Caribbean vacation, her older sister _ Queen Elizabeth II _ assured well-wishers that she was on the mend.

``She’s feeling much better now,″ the queen told youngsters she visited at a school in north London.

Margaret, 67, was at a private clinic in Barbados, where she was flown by air ambulance Tuesday after she fell ill at a party in Mustique. She has a vacation home on the Grenadine island, which is frequented by royalty and rock stars.

The queen’s only sibling had walked unassisted Tuesday from a private heart clinic in Bridgetown to a car for the short ride to Bay View Hospital, where she spent the night.

``I talked to her doctors. The princess is making steady progress. ... She is comfortable,″ British ambassador Peter Mathers said.

Doctors planned to put her on a British Airlines flight home later Wednesday.

Dr. Michael Bunbury, the only physician on Mustique, treated the princess after she was overcome by dizziness and a blinding headache. Wednesday, he was still marveling at her royal fortitude.

``She was terribly controlled. She just kept so calm,″ London’s Daily Mail newspaper quoted him as saying.

``She’s an intelligent woman and she knew what was happening to her. But there was no panic or fear or anything.″

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