Prince Philip to have hip surgery today

05 April, 2018, 01:26 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Prince Philip, 96, in hospital for hip surgery after missing several public events

Buckingham Palace says the procedure for the Queen's 96-year-old husband had been planned.

Some media reports in the United Kingdom indicated that the timing of Prince Philip's hip replacement surgery was in preparation for the activities that will be involved in the royal wedding ceremony.

Buckingham Palace said in a short statement: "The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation".

The palace said Prince Philip is "progressing satisfactorily at this early stage" and is likely to spend several days at King Edward VII Hospital in London. "He is comfortable and in good spirits".

Philip stepped down from his public duties last summer, but on occasion attends events with the Queen.

He did not accompany Elizabeth to a church service on Maundy Thursday because of the hip problem, a royal source said last week.


At a ceremony commemorating Britain's war dead last November, he appeared to be having trouble standing and leaned against a wall.

Philip, 96, is understood to have had trouble with the hip for about a month and will have an operation on Wednesday to resolve the problem. At times blunt to the point of rudeness, Philip is Elizabeth's most important support.

In June 2013, Prince Philip reportedly spent 11 nights at a private London Clinic, following an abdominal surgery.

Also invited will be 200 people from various charities associated with the couple, 100 students from two local schools, 610 Windsor Castle community members and 530 Members of The Royal Households and Crown Estate.

He has been largely blessed with good health, but he has been admitted to hospital with various complaints in recent years.

"He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years" the queen said in a golden wedding anniversary speech in 1997.

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