Prince Philip Recovering 'Satisfactorily' Following Successful Hip Replacement Surgery

Prince Philip usually attends important events

GETTY DUTY Prince Philip usually attends important events

Prince Philip is recovering in a London hospital following hip replacement surgery.

Buckingham Palace have confirmed that Prince Philip has been admitted to a London hospital for an operation on his hip, after missing a series of events.

"He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage", a palace statement said, adding that the Duke of Edinburgh is "comfortable and in good spirits".

The Duke has been suffering from a hip problem, due to which he was unable to attend Easter Service at Windsor Castle, held on April 1.

Philip, or the Duke of Edinburgh as he is known in Britain, retired from public life last August, quipping at the time that he was no longer able to "stand up much". Those were the annual Royal Maundy Service at St. George's Chapel last Thursday, March 29 and a parade to mark Prince Andrew's appointment as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards on March 22. "That's more important than someone's chronological age".

The duke retired from official duties past year but has been seen in recent months driving his vehicle and attending some events with his family.

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Prince Philip admitted to hospital
However, his health has been an ongoing issue since previous year , when he was admitted to hospital in June for an infection. A statement released by Buckingham Palace to announce the treatment said: "Further updates will be issued when appropriate".

In June 2013 he spent 11 nights at the London Clinic, another private hospital in central London, where he underwent exploratory abdominal surgery.

It was founded in 1899 at the suggestion of the then-Prince of Wales, and has treated most senior members of the royal family, including the Queen, Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.

In May 2014, he had a "minor procedure" on his right hand, with the treatment carried out inside Buckingham Palace.

Prince Philip is in "good spirits" after having a hip replacement.

The late Queen Mother underwent two successful hip operations in the 1990s, the first at the age of 95 and the second when she was 97.

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