Sunday 17 December 2017

Philip spends third day in hospital

Tony Jones

There was no further bulletin from Buckingham Palace on the progress of the Duke of Edinburgh today as he recovers in hospital following exploratory abdominal surgery.

Philip was visited by royal doctor Professor John Cunningham this morning, according to reports - though the palace would not confirm his attendance.

Royal officials said it did not anticipate releasing any further updates this weekend regarding the 91-year-old's health, after yesterday saying he was "progressing satisfactorily".

Philip was operated on yesterday after being admitted to the private London Clinic on Thursday evening following an appearance at a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

The Duke, who is 92 on Monday, was said to be "comfortable" last night. He is expected to be in hospital for up to two weeks while he recuperates.

Details about Philip's original symptoms that prompted the operation have not been released by Buckingham Palace, but it is thought the procedure did not involve his heart or bladder, organs the Duke has experienced problems with before.

Analysis of the results of the operation are expected to be completed next week.

In a short statement last night, the Palace said: "His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has had an exploratory operation following abdominal investigations. The results will now be analysed.

"At this early stage he is progressing satisfactorily.

"Further updates will continue to be issued when appropriate."

The Queen has been kept fully informed of her husband's progress and is spending the weekend as planned at her Berkshire home, Windsor Castle.

Yesterday, she was quizzed on the Duke's health by Radio 4 Today presenter John Humphrys as she opened the BBC's revamped Broadcasting House headquarters in London.

The broadcaster suggested that Philip had looked well during his appearance at Thursday's garden party, and the Queen told him: "That's because he's not ill."

Peter Phillips, the Duke's eldest grandson, said the family was being informed about his grandfather's progress and Philip would not want them to stop.

He told BBC News yesterday: "Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with him. We know that he's in good hands and we've been kept up to date in terms of what's happening.

"But he's one of those people who wouldn't want you to stop just because he's gone into hospital."

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