Prince Philip 'in good spirits' after hip replacement operation

Prince Philip 'in good spirits' after hip replacement operation

Kerry Wise
April 5, 2018

He was hospitalized at King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone.

His planned surgery will take place today (Wednesday).

Prince Philip has undergone a "successful" hip operation and is recovering well, Buckingham Palace has announced. "Further updates will be issued when appropriate".

This past Sunday, the queen marked the Easter holiday at a church service in Windsor without her husband of more than 70 years. He also missed two other recent events.

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

The duke announced his retirement in May 2017.

"His Royal Highness is likely to remain in hospital for several days".

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

Given the recovery time for hip surgery is six to eight weeks, with patients being able to resume light activities at three weeks, there is little doubt Philip will attend the Royal Wedding.

In December 2011, the prince suffered from chest pain and had to have a minor surgery to open a blocked artery.

His final solo engagement was in August previous year, when he reviewed a parade of Royal Marines outside Buckingham Palace in his capacity as Captain General of the corps.

The British Orthopedic Association said Philip's surgery was necessary because he was suffering from osteoarthritis.

The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation and is comfortable and in good spirits, Buckingham Palace has said.

According to the Daily Mail's Richard Kay, Philip accepted medical advice after being told his hip complaint could prevent him from participating in his "beloved" sport of carriage driving.