Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

96-year-old Prince Philip scheduled to have hip surgery

Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital for 'planned surgery' Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Philip has been admitted to hospital
| 04 April, 2018, 02:09

Prince Philip is getting medical attention after experiencing some trouble with his hip.

The 96-year-old had skipped a couple of public events recently due to the hip problem.

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. Leading up to the Easter week events, Philip also missed Prince Andrew's appointment as the new Colonel of the Grenadier Guards on March 22.

The palace said in a statement that the hospital admission and surgery were planned ahead of time.

Before resigning his position as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards at the end of past year, Prince Philip officially retired from his public life earlier in 2017.


He couldn't attend the Queen's annual church service at St. George's Chapel, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will Wednesday on May 19, with a courtier explaining: "The Duke of Edinburgh has an issue with his hip which is affecting his mobility".

However, the Duke of Edinburgh attended Christmas services with his family in December, and was seemingly in good spirits. Five days earlier he backed out of the Royal Maundy Service at St. George's chapel.

According to Buckingham Palace, that two-day stint in the hospital was the result of an infection related to an unnamed "pre-existing condition".

His final solo engagement was in August previous year, when he reviewed a parade of Royal Marines outside Buckingham Palace in his capacity as Captain General of the corps.

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