Sunday 19 November 2017

Queen to visit ill Philip as he turns 92

Gordon Rayner and Nick Collins

PRINCE Philip is expected to receive his first visitor since going into hospital, when Queen Elizabeth drops in to wish him a happy birthday.

Prince Philip, who is 92 today, has been too tired to accept any visitors since he had an exploratory operation on his abdomen on Friday.

If his doctor gives his approval, the queen will visit this afternoon.

Aides said Philip remained "comfortable" in The London Clinic where he is recovering from his operation. He is awaiting the results of tests done during the operation, which are expected to be available early this week, before doctors decide whether any further surgery or other treatment is necessary.

If the queen does go to the hospital, she is likely to be Philip's only visitor, as sources suggested he was unlikely to have enough energy yet to receive several wellwishers.

Prince Charles will not be able to visit yet as he is in Scotland. Princes William and Harry are understood to be working at their military bases, meaning they will not be able to see their grandfather.

A royal source said: "Nothing has been decided yet about visitors but it may be that the queen will visit.

"As far as his condition goes, nothing has changed. He is still comfortable and he is still recovering." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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