Britain's Queen Mother Elizabeth is "progressing" in her recovery from a bug she caught over Christmas, her daughter Queen Elizabeth II said Sunday.

The 101-year-old royal matriarch has been absent from public engagements since late November.

The queen told well-wishers at the royal family's Sandringham estate in eastern England that the queen mother was getting better.

Last week Buckingham Palace officials said the queen mother was resting at Sandringham after catching a bug over Christmas.