Published 14 January 2003

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN

The Queen has left hospital this morning following an overnight stay for a minor knee operation. The operation, which took place at King Edward VII Hospital in London, removed a torn cartilage in her right knee.

Her Majesty has returned to Sandringham for rest over the next two weeks. The Queen will then resume a limited programme of engagements until she has made a full recovery.