Prince Philip admitted to hospital for hip surgery

The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital in central London for planned surgery on his hip, Buckingham Palace has said.

Buckingham Palace released a statement today announcing that the prince has been admitted to the hospital for hip surgery.

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. "Further updates will be issued when appropriate", the Palace shared. Over the last week, Prince Philip's health has prevented him from attending traditional Maundy and Easter services at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel alongside Queen Elizabeth. Last November, royal expert Kate Nicholl told ET that Prince Harry's special bond with his grandfather is behind both the timing and venue for his upcoming nuptials.

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The planned surgery will take place on Wednesday.

But the Duke has generally been of good health throughout his life and has kept active well into his later years and is thought to be keeping busy now he has effectively retired from royal duties. At times blunt to the point of rudeness, Philip is Elizabeth's most important support.

Prince Philip had announced his retirement from all public duties as the Duke of Edinburgh in May, 2017 owing to his age.

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His final solo engagement was in August past year, when he reviewed a parade of Royal Marines outside Buckingham Palace in his capacity as Captain General of the corps.

King Edward VII is the private hospital of choice for the royal family and has been treating members of the monarchy for decades.

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