Britain's 97-year-old Queen Mother left the hospital on Tuesday three weeks after an emergency hip operation.

Smiling and waving to onlookers and the media as she walked confidently down the steps of London's King Edward VII hospital, the Queen Mother was presented with a bouquet of spring flowers by nurses who had looked after her.The Queen Mother underwent emergency surgery after a fall Jan. 25. Doctors say she has made an excellent recovery. She is the mother of Queen Elizabeth.

One of the most popular royals, the Queen Mother remains untainted by the scandals that have swirled around her grandchildren.