Prince Philip released from hospital
Saturday 09 June 2012
The Duke of Edinburgh smiled and nodded to reporters as he left hospital today in time to celebrate his 91st birthday tomorrow.
Philip shook hands with and thanked staff at King Edward VII Hospital in central London after spending five days there having treatment for a bladder infection.
The Duke got into the front passenger seat of a Land Rover Discovery vehicle before being driven away from the hospital, with a police escort.
When reporters shouted out questions about whether he was feeling better, the Duke nodded.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Duke would be spending his birthday "privately".
Yesterday, he enjoyed the company of grandsons the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry who paid a short, private visit.
William visited his grandfather while on leave from his RAF Search and Rescue duties.
Harry, meanwhile, was spending the week since the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on pre-deployment training at Wattisham in Suffolk.
Philip had already been visited by the Queen, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, Louise and James.
Andrew said on Wednesday his father was "mending very well".
Philip has been planning to celebrate his birthday privately and is not due to attend his next scheduled engagement until Tuesday, when the Queen hosts a garden party at the Sandringham Estate to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
It is hoped her husband will be by her side at her Norfolk retreat if he is feeling strong enough following his discharge from hospital.
It is also hoped he will be able to accompany her to the East Midlands on Wednesday for a two-day visit as part of the Queen's Jubilee tour of the UK.
Philip's admission to hospital meant he was forced to miss some of the Jubilee celebrations this week.
He spent Sunday braving the elements for the Thames River Pageant, which doctors suggested might have exacerbated his condition if he did not make enough visits to the toilet.
The Palace said earlier this week that he was being treated with antibiotics and was in good spirits.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke of Edinburgh continues to make a good recovery and he will continue his convalescence at home.
"He will spend the weekend privately."
- 1 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 2 Perez Hilton apologises for Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
- 5 Jennifer Lawrence 'naked sex video' will be leaked threatens 4Chan celebrity photo hacker
iPhone 6 'hidden code' could indicate sharper screens or bigger phones
Perez Hilton apologises for Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak
Ariana Grande nude photos leak: 'These are completely fake' say singer's representatives
A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
Kate Upton nude pictures leak: Model's representatives 'looking into' authenticity of naked images
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
£32000 - £40000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager (Generalist) -Old...
£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Talent / Learning & Development Mana...
Up to £40,000: Ashdown Group: Standalone HR Manager role for an SME business b...
£350 - £400 per day: Orgtel: HR Analyst - Banking - Bristol - £350 - £400 per ...