Buckingham Palace issued a statement Friday updating the public on the status of the ailing Prince Philip: “His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh left King Edward VII’s Hospital at midday today, following a hip replacement operation last week. The Duke will continue his recovery at Windsor. His Royal Highness would like to convey his appreciation for the messages of good wishes he has received.”
The Palace had issued an earlier statement Wednesday after Prince Philip was admitted to a London hospital to have surgery on his hip.
The Palace confirmed things had gone well and Philip, 96, was “comfortable” after the operation, which took place at King Edward VII Hospital.
The message read: “The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation. He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage.”
“His Royal Highness is likely to remain in hospital for several days. He is comfortable and in good spirits. Further updates will be issued when appropriate.”
The Palace released the following statement Tuesday: “His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow.”
Philip’s surgery comes after he was forced to miss out on numerous events over the Easter period due to problems with his hip.
He couldn’t attend the Queen’s annual church service at St. George’s Chapel, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed on May 19, with a courtier explaining: “The Duke of Edinburgh has an issue with his hip which is affecting his mobility.”
“There’s no cause for alarm but frankly he’s a proud man and doesn’t want to appear crocked in public. He’s not called the Iron Duke for nothing,” they added, according to the Daily Express.
Philip retired from his official royal duties last August, however, a spokesperson confirmed that he would still be attending events from “time to time.”