Prince Philip admitted to hospital for hip surgery

The Duke of Edinburgh is in hospital

Buckingham Palace released a statement today announcing that the prince has been admitted to the hospital for hip surgery.

The aging Duke of Edinburgh has been ailing as of late, and as People reports, His Royal Highness was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday afternoon for pre-planned hip surgery.

The 96-year-old royal, who is married to Queen Elizabeth II, skipped Easter services this past weekend in order to rest up prior to his operation.

He did not attend a church service last week attended by the monarch because of a hip problem, a royal source said last week.

"Further updates will be issued when appropriate".




He was missing from the royal Easter service at St George's Chapel in Windsor on Sunday.

However, the Duke of Edinburgh attended Christmas services with his family in December, and was seemingly in good spirits. Last November, royal expert Kate Nicholl told ET that Prince Harry's special bond with his grandfather is behind both the timing and venue for his upcoming nuptials.

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. "That's more important than someone's chronological age".

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

It was founded in 1899 at the suggestion of the then-Prince of Wales, and has treated most senior members of the royal family, including the Queen, Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.

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