Prince Philip to have hip surgery today

The Duke of Edinburgh, 96, had the planned operation to replace his hip today at King Edward VII hospital in central London and is said to be "comfortable".

Buckingham Palace have confirmed that Prince Philip has been admitted to a London hospital for an operation on his hip, after missing a series of events.

There maybe be some concern for the duke given his age, but Scarlett McNally, an orthopaedic surgeon and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: "Any operation and any anaesthetic carries some risk".

The Duke of Edinburgh retired from public duties in August 2017, although he still attends the occasional engagement.

The Duke of Edinburgh pictured at King's Lynn railway station. He was spotted driving on the Windsor Castle grounds as recently as last week, according to the U.K.'s Press Association. The surgery was conducted under general anesthetic and the palace later said he was progressing satisfactorily but would remain in the hospital for approximately two weeks. At times blunt to the point of rudeness, Philip is Elizabeth's most important support.

Philip, 96, was operated on earlier on Wednesday in a planned procedure after suffering with a hip problem for about a month.

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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.

He has carried out about 22,000 solo royal engagements since Elizabeth became Queen in 1952.

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

Prince Philip is in "good spirits" following an operation on his hip.

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. Most can be mobile 24 hours after surgery and increase their activity every day after that, he said.

Most people are back to normal within two to three months but it can take up to a year before patients experience the full benefits of the new hip.

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