Queen Elizabeth II Leaves Hospital
LONDON (AP) _ Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday left the London hospital where she underwent a successful knee operation a day earlier.
The 76-year-old monarch walked out of the King Edward VII hospital with the aid of a crutch and got into a car to travel to her Sandringham estate in eastern England. She hobbled slightly but walked on her own.
Buckingham Palace has said the queen is expected to be ``fully active again within a few weeks″ of the operation to remove torn cartilage from her right knee.
Although the queen was placed under a general anesthetic during the 45-minute operation, a temporary acting regent was not appointed to replace her during the procedure, the palace said.
Queen Elizabeth II, who recently led ceremonies to celebrate her 50 years on the throne, has been hospitalized for two previous ailments: in 1994 when she broke an arm and in 1982 when she had a wisdom tooth removed.
Last month, the palace said the queen had strained a ligament in her right knee and was using a cane to walk. The palace said the monarch had hurt herself during a visit to Newmarket, in Suffolk, eastern England, before Christmas.