2018-04-05 14:14:25 UTC
Duke of Edinburgh recovering after hip replacement operation
4 April 2018
The Duke of Edinburgh is "comfortable and in good spirits" after a successful hip replacement operation, Buckingham Palace has said.
Prince Philip is said to be "progressing satisfactorily at this early stage" after surgery at the King Edward VII's Hospital in London.
He is expected to remain in the private hospital for several days.
The 96-year-old retired from royal duties last August, after decades spent supporting the Queen.
BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said the duke was an "intensely private man" and even at the best of times, the palace would not provide a running commentary.
His condition came to light after his absence from the Easter service at Windsor was attributed to a hip problem.
He also did not attend two other recent events at Windsor Castle - the Royal Maundy Service at St George's Chapel on 29 March, and a parade on 22 March to mark Prince Andrew's appointment as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
The operation comes ahead of a busy time for the royal family, with the Duchess of Cambridge due to give birth to her third child this month, and the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May.
The Queen, who is at Windsor Castle for the traditional Easter Court, is being kept up-to-date on the duke's condition.