Prince Philip in 'good spirits' after successful hip operation

Apr 05, 2018, 00:33
Prince Philip in 'good spirits' after successful hip operation

In fact, the Queen Mother had one of her hips replaced when she was older than her son-in-law.

The Duke of Edinburgh is "comfortable and in good spirits" after a successful hip replacement operation, Buckingham Palace has said. "He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage", Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

He is expected to remain in the private hospital for several days.

The exact nature of Philip's hip problem was unclear but Buckingham Palace said an update on his health would be given when appropriate. Those were the annual Royal Maundy Service at St. George's Chapel last Thursday, March 29 and a parade to mark Prince Andrew's appointment as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards on March 22.

Philip, or the Duke of Edinburgh as he is known in Britain, retired from public life last August, quipping at the time that he was no longer able to "stand up much".

When it was announced a year ago that he would be retiring from official engagements, Buckingham Palace stressed that the decision was not health-related and he had the full support of the Queen.

The announcement comes just days after Philip, 96, was absent from the royal family's Easter service attended by Queen Elizabeth and other royals. A month later he was admitted to King Edward VII's Hospital as "a precautionary measure" following an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.

Scarlett McNally, an orthopaedic surgeon and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons, said fitness was more important than age when it came to recovering from surgery.

Also invited will be 200 people from various charities associated with the couple, 100 students from two local schools, 610 Windsor Castle community members and 530 Members of The Royal Households and Crown Estate.

According to the Daily Mail's Richard Kay, Philip accepted medical advice after being told his hip complaint could prevent him from participating in his "beloved" sport of carriage driving.

Rehabilitation can be demanding and requires commitment, with patients having to walk with crutches for the first four to six weeks after the operation.

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