04 April, 2018
The Duke of Edinburgh, 96, is set to undergo hip surgery at the King Edward VII Hospital on Wednesday.
Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, attends a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt in central London on August 2, 2017.
Queen Elizabeth IIs husband Prince Philip, was today admitted to a London hospital for a planned hip surgery, Buckingham Palace said.
The Duke stepped down from his public duties last summer, but occasionly does still attend events with the Queen.
"Further updates will be issued when appropriate". At times blunt to the point of rudeness, Philip is Elizabeth's most important support.
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The duke announced his retirement in May 2017, after decades of supporting the Queen, as well as attending events for his own charities and organisations.
The queen's husband is known to be active and robust for his age, although he suffered a few health scares in recent years. He was also hospitalized for an "infection stemming from a pre-existing condition" in June of a year ago.
According to Buckingham Palace, that two-day stint in the hospital was the result of an infection related to an unnamed "pre-existing condition".
A stray remark about "slitty eyes" during a visit to China in the 1980s became symbolic of his gruff and often unguarded manner, which contrasted sharply with the warmer image of the queen and other British royals.