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

The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital in central London for planned surgery on his hip, Buckingham Palace has said.

Prince Philip has missed several public events in recent weeks, including an Easter church service in Windsor.

A royal source told Reuters: "The duke was keen to attend but made this decision because he was experiencing some trouble with his hip". Prince Andrew inherited the role directly from his father, who had been Colonel of the Granadier Guards since 1975.

Details of the duke's condition, or which joint is causing the issue, have not been released by Buckingham Palace but the late Queen Mother underwent two successful hip operations in the 1990s, first when aged 95 then later when she was 97.

His last solo appearance was seen in August 2017, when he reviewed the Royal Marines outside Buckingham Palace.




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.

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

The 96-year-old prince has largely retired from public life, but still accompanies the queen on occasion.

The expected recovery time for Prince Philip's scheduled hip surgery has not been officially announced, and it is unknown if His Royal Highness will be fully ambulatory in time to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19 at St. George's Chapel.

"He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments, but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years", the notoriously private royal revealed in her speech at the people's banquet.

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