Duke of Edinburgh 'relaxed' as he leaves hospital after exploratory abdominal surgery


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The Duke of Edinburgh left hospital today, less than a fortnight after he was admitted for exploratory abdominal surgery.

Prince Phillip could be seen looking relaxed and well as he left the London Clinic to be reunited with the Queen, who is at Windsor Castle for Royal Ascot week.

After being admitted 11 days ago on 6 June, the Duke underwent a prearranged laparotomy under general anaesthetic that is understood to have gone according to plan.

Details of the symptoms behind his admission have not been released, but it is thought the procedure did not involve his heart or bladder - organs with which the Duke has experienced problems with before.

He was visited by the royal doctor, Professor John Cunningham, on Saturday and the results of the operation are due later this week. Though he was released three days earlier than originally predicted, he is expected to spend the next two months recovering at home.

Over the previous few days, the Duke received numerous visits from the royal family, including the Queen on Saturday and his son, the Prince of Wales, the day before. Prince Philip was again visited by his wife last Monday to mark his 92 Birthday.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Duke is in good condition and good spirits. He'll take a period of convalescence, of approximately two months. The Duke has expressed his thanks and appreciation to medical staff at the London Clinic and the many members of the public who have sent good wishes."

Last week’s admission marks the fourth time in 18 months that Prince Phillip has needed hospital treatment. In August last year, he was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to be treated for a recurrence of a bladder infection while staying with the Queen at Balmoral. He was in hospital for six days and was not visited by any members of the Royal Family, following doctors’ orders.