Prince Philip Confessed to hospital for Operation

Admitted to Hospital for Planned Surgery on His Hip

At the time she was one of the oldest people in the world to undergo a hip replacement surgery.

The husband of the Queen had been suffering from a bad hip.

The 96-year-old Duke was admitted to hospital yesterday and underwent surgery today.

"Any operation and any anaesthetic carries some risk", she said.

He is "progressing satisfactorily at this early stage", the palace added.

He is expected to remain in the private hospital for several days. It described him as being "comfortable and in good spirits".

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. In particular, he could not attend Easter service at St George's chapel at Windsor, where were the other members of the Royal family headed by Elizabeth.

Philip was an avid sportsman for many years and saw active duty in the Royal Navy during World War II.




It is understood that the Queen remained in residence at Windsor Castle during Philip's operation, but was kept updated throughout.

Much of that activity has come to an end as age has taken its toll.

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 palace said at the time he had carried out roughly 22,000 solo royal engagements since Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952.

He was forced to miss the Easter religious services last week, however, due to the problem with his hip. Two months later the infection recurred and he was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

Scarlett McNally, an orthopaedic surgeon and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons, said fitness was more important than age when it came to recovering from surgery.

Philip, who turns 97 in June, was hoping to join the monarch at the same venue where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will hold their wedding next month.

There will be physiotherapy exercises to do at home and crutches are needed for about four to six weeks.

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