Britains Prince Philip admitted to hospital for hip surgery

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The Duke of Edinburgh will undergo the surgery at the King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone tomorrow.

The Duke of Edinburgh will have hip surgery on Wednesday after he was admitted to hospital for the planned procedure, Buckingham Palace has said.

Queen Elizabeth IIs husband Prince Philip, was today admitted to a London hospital for a planned hip surgery, Buckingham Palace said.

Despite officially retiring in 2017, Philip appeared publicly with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family last December for Christmas morning church services and even participated in the family's yearly walk in Sandringham.

A royal source told Reuters: "The duke was keen to attend but made this decision because he was experiencing some trouble with his hip". "Further updates will be issued when appropriate", the Palace shared.

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The expected recovery time for Prince Philip's scheduled hip surgery has not been officially announced, and it is unknown if His Royal Highness will be fully ambulatory in time to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19 at St. George's Chapel.

His last solo appearance was seen in August 2017, when he reviewed the Royal Marines outside Buckingham Palace. At times blunt to the point of rudeness, Philip is Elizabeth's most important support.

The 96-year-old is being cared for at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London.

Last June, he spent two days in hospital as a precautionary measure for an infection.

A stray remark about "slitty eyes" during a visit to China in the 1980s became symbolic of his gruff and often unguarded manner, which contrasted sharply with the warmer image of the queen and other British royals.