Britain's Prince Philip in 'good spirits' after hip operation

Prince Philip 'progressing satisfactorily' after hip surgery - Palace

The Duke of Edinburgh will undergo planned surgery on his hip at King Edward VII Hospital on Wednesday.

Last June, Prince Philip spent two nights in hospital as a "precautionary measure" for the treatment of an undisclosed infection.

"His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip, " Buckingham Palace informed in a statement.

"He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage", the statement reads.

He is said to be "comfortable and in good spirits".

It is understood, however, that The Queen's husband will be operated on while he is under a general anaesthetic.

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Buckingham Palace has not revealed exact details of the operation, and it is unclear whether he is having a hip replacement or a more minor procedure. A few days before, The Queen's husband also missed the Maundy Thursday service at St George's Chapel.

Before he went into the hospital on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), he missed a number of family events, including an Easter church service with the queen and other members of the royal family.

Philip retired from public life last August, quipping at the time that he was no longer able to "stand up much". At times blunt to the point of rudeness, Philip is Elizabeth's most important support.

Prince Philip had announced his retirement in May 2017, after decades of supporting the Queen as well as attending events for his own charities and organisations.

Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their third child this month, and Prince Harry plans to marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle. In 2016, he represented the royal family at 200 engagements.

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