The Duke of Edinburgh is 'much better' following operation, says Charles

 

Tony Jones
Friday 14 June 2013 19:17
Comments

The Duke of Edinburgh is "much better" following his exploratory abdominal operation, the Prince of Wales has said.

Charles smiled as he gave an update on his father's condition after he visited the 92-year-old in hospital this evening.

Philip received a flurry of family visits during the day and at one point had the Prince and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry with him.

Earlier in the day his granddaughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie also made a trip to the hospital.

The Queen's consort was operated on at the London Clinic last week and tests were due to have been carried out on the results of the procedure.

Buckingham Palace said tonight there was no update to the statement they released on Monday that said the Duke was "comfortable and in good spirits" following his operation last Friday.

But as Charles left the hospital, after a visit that lasted 35 minutes, he looked relaxed and smiled, and when asked by the waiting media how his father was, said "much better".

The heir to the throne arrived with Camilla around 15 minutes before his sons William and Harry.

The royal brothers stayed on after their father and stepmother left and spent around 40 minutes with their grandfather. They left without making any comment to a large crowd that had gathered outside the central London hospital.

The Palace said in their statement released on Monday that the Duke "will remain in hospital for up to two weeks, and it is expected he will then be taking a period of convalescence of approximately two months".

Philip will miss the Trooping the Colour ceremony tomorrow and next week's events like the traditional Garter service at Windsor Castle and Royal Ascot.

PA

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in