Prince Philip in 'good spirits' after hip surgery

Prince Philip, 96, in hospital for hip surgery after missing several public events

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

The royal residence said Prince Philip had the "successful hip replacement operation" at King Edward VII's Hospital in central London, which often treats members of Britain's royal family.

Very last June, Prince Philip put in two nights in hospital as a "precautionary measure" to its treating an undisclosed infection.

As planned, the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh underwent a hip surgery operation on Wednesday, and according to a new statement released by royal communications, everything went successfully.

Buckingham Palace has said it will provide updates "when appropriate" but has not provided details about the nature of the surgery.

He has missed a series of engagements and events over the last month, including the recent Easter Sunday service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.

Henry Nicholls  Reuters                   Television crews and other media wait outside the King Edward VII's Hospital on Wednesday
Henry Nicholls Reuters Television crews and other media wait outside the King Edward VII's Hospital on Wednesday

"He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage", the statement reads. "He is comfortable and in good spirits". Most can be mobile 24 hours after surgery and increase their activity every day after that, he said.

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

In May 2017, the Duke of Edinburgh stepped down from his royal duties after announcing his retirement. He has carried out some 22,000 solo royal engagements since Elizabeth became queen in 1952.

He and Elizabeth celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in November.

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

He has suffered from other ailments as well but has not spoken about them in public. Elizabeth, usually so guarded with her personal emotions, has publicly called him the rock that she depends on.

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