Queen Elizabeth's husband Prince Philip recovering after hip surgery

Katrina Barker
April 5, 2018

A statement from the palace read, "His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow".

The Duke, 96, was admitted to London's King Edward VII's Hospital on Tuesday for what palace officials described as a "planned" procedure to cure weeks of joint pain.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation".

On Sunday, he was absent from the Easter service attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family at St. George's Chapel in Windsor - also the venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19.

Philip retired from royal duties last May, although he still accompanies the Queen on occasion.

There are certain conditions upon which the Duke of Edinburgh will be able to attend the royal wedding, it has been said. But in early March he was seen carriage driving at Windsor.

BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said the duke was an "intensely private man" and even at the best of times, the palace would not provide a running commentary. At times blunt to the point of rudeness, Philip is Elizabeth's most important support.

When it was announced previous year that he would be retiring from official engagements, Buckingham Palace stressed that the decision was not health-related and he had the full support of the Queen.

Prince Philip's health has been the focus of speculation for some time, given his grand age.

Prince Philip has been a constant and often mischievous presence at royal functions for decades and is well-known for punctuating royal pomp with a taste for off-colour jokes.

Philip is now expected to attend Harry and Markle's May 19 wedding at St. George's Chapel with other members of the royal family.

Hip replacements are a common type of surgery which are mostly carried out on people between the ages of 60 and 80, according to the NHS.

Patients tend to feel back to normal after about three months.

The husband of the Queen had been suffering from a bad hip.

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