Prince Philip in 'good spirits' after hip surgery

Jenna Warner
April 5, 2018

The Duke of Edinburgh underwent surgery for a hip replacement Wednesday after he'd been admitted to the hospital the day before for the planned surgery.

"He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage", the statement reads.

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

But Prince Philip, who turns 97-years-old in a few weeks time, is still very active, so the risk lessens.

He was admitted on Tuesday to the King Edward VII Hospital in London which is regularly used by the royals.

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.

On Sunday the Duke was absent in an Easter service owned by the Queen and other members of the imperial family at St. George's Chapel in Windsoras well as the venue for Prince Harry and Meghanmarkle's Wedding Ceremony on May 1-9.

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

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

While Prince Philip has been in a fairly healthy condition throughout his life, he had been reportedly treated for a blocked coronary artery in 2011, and a bladder infection in 2012.

King Edward VII is the private hospital of choice for the royal family and has been treating members of the monarchy for decades. "That's more important than someone's chronological age".

Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their third child this month, and Prince Harry plans to marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle.

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