Monday, 10 December, 2018

Prince Philip due to have hip surgery

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Gerardo Duncan | 05 April, 2018, 01:51

He retired from public life previous year but has since appeared several times at royal engagements alongside Queen Elizabeth.

The British crown's power in Australia is largely symbolic, and while the Queen remains hugely popular, the monarchy is viewed by some as an anachronistic colonial relic.

"But clearly he is getting more frail, and while the Duke remains as active as he can be, this hip operation is a reminder that he isn't getting any younger".

The 96-year-old husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was admitted to London's King Edward VII Hospital on Tuesday for the planned surgery.

Prince Philip has been a constant and often mischievous presence at royal functions for decades and is well-known for punctuating royal pomp with a taste for off-color jokes.

He did not accompany Elizabeth to a church service on Maundy Thursday because of the hip problem, a royal source said last week.

It is expected that Buckingham Palace will provide updates where appropriate. "I can barely stand up these days".

"The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last night, as a precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition", a Buckingham Palace spokesman said at the time.

Philip's last hospitalization was in June 2017 when Buckingham Palace was forced to announce he had been hospitalized because he was going to miss the State opening of Parliament he attended annually with Queen Elizabeth.

Clarence House announced in a statement on November 27 that Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, were engaged, writing "His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month".

The palace said Philip is "progressing satisfactorily at this early stage" and is likely to spend several days in hospital.

On Sunday, he was absent from the Easter service attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family at St. George's Chapel in Windsor - also the venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19.

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