Prince Philip, the Queen’s 96-year-old husband, is in hospital and will undergo major hip surgery today, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
The Duke of Edinburgh is believed to have suffered hip problems for around a month, and the operation should see him back on his feet in time for grandson Prince Harry’s wedding in May.
He was admitted to the private King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone, London, yesterday, and the Queen, who is staying at Windsor Castle over Easter, is being kept up to date with developments.
The hospital has a history of detailing with hip problems in the ageing Royals, with the late Queen Mother having undergone two successful hip operations there – the first at 95 and again at 97.
Prince Philip walks remarkably well for his age, and only last week he was seen carriage driving around Windsor Great Park.
Yesterday’s brief statement from Buckingham Palace said: “His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon for planned surgery on his hip, which will take place tomorrow.”
The duke’s hip condition meant he missed out on the Maundy Service with the Queen last week, at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel, where Harry and Meghan will marry.
He retired from official Royal duties last year, but remains busy and active.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles is in Australia where he will officially open the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. It is not known if he will mention his father during the opening event.