Duke of Edinburgh undergoes successful hip surgery

The elderly husband of Queen Elizabeth II is set to undergo hip surgery in a London hospital.

The Queen Mother also had a hip replacement at the same hospital in 1995 aged 95.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Scarlett McNally, a Royal College of Surgeons council member, said: "Hip replacement is a very common type of surgery where a damaged ball-and-socket hip joint is replaced with an artificial joint".

While Prince Philip has been in a fairly healthy condition throughout his life, he had been reportedly treated for a blocked coronary artery in 2011, and a bladder infection in 2012.

On Sunday, the Duke was absent from an Easter service attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, also the venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's weddingon May 19.

The Duke of Edinburgh pictured at King's Lynn railway station.

The 96-year-old was absent from the family's Easter services, which were attended by Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, and Kate Middleton at Windsor Castle.

He retired from public life previous year but has since appeared several times at royal engagements alongside Queen Elizabeth.

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Ananda Nanu, the board's president, said hip replacement patients need strong pain relief after their operations.

The 96-year-old prince has been suffering from hip pain in recent weeks.

"He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage", a palace statement said, adding that the Duke of Edinburgh is "comfortable and in good spirits".

In his customary good humor, Philip joked to a well-wisher who said he was sorry the duke of Edinburgh was standing down shortly after the retirement announcement by responding, "Standing down?"

The palace said at the time he had carried out roughly 22,000 solo royal engagements since Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952.

In June 2013 he spent 11 nights at the London Clinic, another private hospital in central London, where he underwent exploratory abdominal surgery.

Philip is now expected to attend Harry and Markle's May 19 wedding at St. George's Chapel with other members of the royal family.

  • Adam Floyd