Prince Philip admitted to hospital for hip operation

Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital for 'planned surgery'

Buckingham Palace announced today that Prince Philip, 96, has been admitted to the hospital for hip surgery.

According to royal communications, the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London, England, on Tuesday afternoon, for a planned surgery on his hip which will take place on Wednesday.

The Duke of Edinburgh will undergo the surgery at the King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone tomorrow.

His Royal Highness, who has been married to Queen Elizabeth II for 70 years, did not attend Easter services with his wife at Windsor Castle on Sunday, April 1.

He did not attend an annual service attended by the monarch on Thursday because of a hip problem, a royal source said last week. "Further updates will be issued when appropriate", the Palace shared.

Philip has sharply reduced the number of charity events he attends since announcing his retirement, but still accompanies the queen on occasion.

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.

Scarlett McNally, an orthopaedic surgeon and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: "Any operation and any anaesthetic carries some risk". At times blunt to the point of rudeness, Philip is Elizabeth's most important support.

His last solo appearance was seen in August 2017, when he reviewed the Royal Marines outside Buckingham Palace. A month later he was admitted to the King Edward VII hospital as "a precautionary measure" following an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.

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