Prince Philip to have hip surgery today

Prince Philip to have hip surgery today

Prince Philip to have hip surgery today

He has been reported to be hobbled by hip pain, but the news of the planned surgery took many by surprise.

Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, leads members of the royal family as they arrive to attend the Christmas Day church service on the Sandringham estate in eastern England Thomson Reuters LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, is due to have hip surgery on Wednesday at a private hospital in London.

The palace said Prince Philip is "progressing satisfactorily at this early stage" and is likely to spend several days at King Edward VII Hospital in London.

Philip, the father to Queen Elizabeth II's four children, has missed several public events in recent weeks.

He also missed the Easter Sunday service traditionally attended by the royal family at St George's Chapel in Windsor to the west of London, where his grandson Prince Harry is due to marry USA actress Meghan Markle next month.

The duke retired from official duties past year.

The aging royal did not attend Easter services with the Queen over the weekend because he was having problems with his hip. At times blunt to the point of rudeness, Philip is Elizabeth's most important support.

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

Details about which of the duke's hip joints was replaced have not been released by Buckingham Palace.

King Edward VII's Hospital, in Marylebone, was founded in 1899 and has treated other senior members of the royal family, including the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.

Part of the pelvis is also hollowed out and fitted with a socket for the ball to move in.

Prince Philip could be the longest-serving consort in British heritage.

The late Queen Mother underwent two successful hip operations in the 1990s, the first at the age of 95 and the second when she was 97.

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