Prince Philip leaves hospital after health scare which saw him miss Queen’s speech
Prince Philip has has been discharged from hospital two days after being admitted with an infection which meant he missed the Queen’s Speech in Parliament.
The Duke of Edinburgh spent two nights at the King Edward VII hospital in London, for treatment for “an infection arising from a pre-existing condition”.
His illness caused him to miss the opening of Parliament, the Queen delivering her speech in his absence with son Prince Charles at her side instead.
He was also absent for a lunch at Windsor Castle and a visit to Royal Ascot.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “I can confirm that The Duke of Edinburgh left hospital this morning.”
Before being taken ill, Philip had appeared to be in fine spirits when he attended the first day of Royal Ascot on Tuesday along with the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
On Saturday he appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace along with the Royal Family for the annual Trooping the Colour parade.
He was said to be in “good spirits” throughout his hospital stay but disappointed to miss the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot.
He was photographed being driven home to the palace from hospital this morning.
The royal consort is due to retire from public life this autumn, having celebrated his 96th birthday last month.
At the time, Buckingham Palace said: “In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen.
“Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen.”
The prince is currently patron, president or a member of more than 780 organisations and will continue to be associated with them after he steps down.
Although he has largely enjoyed good health throughout his life, he has faced a number of health scares in recent years.
Abdominal surgery, bladder infections and a blocked coronary artery have all seen him admitted to hospital.
He was treated for a bladder infection in 2012, during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
A year earlier he had undergone treatment for a blocked coronary artery, and had a ”minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting”.
Over the Christmas 2016 period there was widespread concern for both the Duke and the Queen’s health, after heavy colds forced them to delay plans to travel to Sandringham for Christmas.
Prince Philip recovered from his illness in time for a Christmas day church service, however the Queen remained at the royal residence in Norfolk.
Both royals made a full recovery and returned to a full calendar of duties in the new year.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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