Philip's surgery is a 'success'
Prince Philip was "comfortable" in hospital after an exploratory operation on his abdomen went "as planned," a Buckingham Palace spokesman has said.
Doctors would analyse the results of the operation before deciding if further treatment was necessary, he added, saying that "at this early stage he is progressing satisfactorily".
The duke, who was put under a general anaesthetic for the procedure, was expected to spend the weekend convalescing at the London Clinic.
The queen, who was kept up to date with her husband's condition, characteristically put duty first, fulfilling an engagement to open the BBC's new Broadcasting House in London, just a few hundred yards from where the duke was being treated. When the 'Today' programme presenter John Humphrys inquired about the duke's health, the queen replied that he was "not ill". Sources said he was unlikely to receive visitors before his 92nd birthday on Monday because doctors felt he would be too tired.
John Moorehead, from the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, said it was possible the duke had a laparoscopy, in which the abdomen is inflated with gas and a camera inserted, and that biopsies were taken. (© Daily Telegraph, London)