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Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital for hip surgery

05 April 2018

"His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow".

Buckingham Palace has said it will provide updates "when appropriate" but has not provided details about the nature of the surgery.

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

The 96-year-old, who retired from full-time royal duties last year, did not attend the traditional Easter service at Windsor Castle on Sunday and his absence has been linked to the hip problem.

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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.

Prince Philip has spent much of his life in good health, but was treated for a blocked coronary artery in 2011 and a bladder infection in 2012.

It said that the hospital admission and surgery were planned ahead of time. Since 1952, he had completed 22,219 solo engagements.

In November, he and the queen celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

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The health scare comes at a busy time for the royal family.

Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark was born on a kitchen table on Corfu on June 10, 1921, the only son of prince Andrew of Greece - the younger brother of Greece's king Constantine - and princess Alice of Battenberg.

Queen Elizabeth, 91, has also begun to scale back her duties due to her advancing age, handing over some of her responsibilities to her heir, Prince Charles.

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Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital for hip surgery