Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, due to have hip surgery

Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, due to have hip surgery

The elderly husband of Queen Elizabeth II is set to undergo hip surgery in a London hospital.

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

The Palace said Prince Philip was "comfortable and in good spirits" and is "progressing satisfactorily at this early stage".

The Duke of Edinburgh is due to have hip surgery after he was admitted to hospital for the planned procedure, Buckingham Palace has said.

Details about which of the duke's hip joints was replaced have not been released by Buckingham Palace.

It is understood, however, that The Queen's husband will be operated on while he is under a general anaesthetic.

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Philip retired from public life last August, quipping at the time that he was no longer able to "stand up much". "That's more important than someone's chronological age".

Prince Philip had announced his retirement in May 2017, after decades of supporting the Queen as well as attending events for his own charities and organisations.

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

But Philip does not walk with the aid of a stick as the Queen Mother did and was spotted last week driving himself around Windsor Great Park, leading to speculation he may have a problem with torn cartilage.

The two were introduced in 1939 when then princess Elizabeth's father king George VI and his family toured the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, in England's south coast, where Philip was a cadet.

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

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