According to a recent announcement from the Buckingham Palace, 96-year-old Prince Philip has been admitted to hospital for hip surgery. The Palace said that this procedure was planned ahead and nothing bad happened recently with the Duke of Edinburgh’s health state. It’s interesting that back in August 2017, he officially retired from public life. However, in recent weeks, he has missed some events that he initially planned on attending. He missed the traditional Maundy church service on March 29 because he was struggling with his hip problems.
The service took place at the St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the same place where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are going to wed on May 19. Prince Philip also missed the April 1st Easter service as St. George’s Chapel too. So, after missing two important events in one week, the Prince is finally undergoing the hip surgery to correct any problems that he might have. Over the past 70 years, Prince Philip attended over 22,000 solo appearances before deciding to retire from public life last year.
Prince Philip to undergo a planned hip surgery
Also last year, in June, he received treatment for an infection which happened due to a pre-existing condition. He spent two nights in hospital back then, but nobody knows whether it had anything to do with his hip problems. His final public appearance took place in August 2017, and he served in his role as Captain General Royal Marines, presiding over a parade.
Shortly after that, his job of Captain General was passed on to Prince Harry. Prince Philip seemed in good spirits when he attended the Christmas morning church service. The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family joined him, including Prince Harry’s future wife, Meghan Markle. At the moment, it’s a mystery for how long the Prince will remain in hospital this time.
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