The Duke of Edinburgh is back to work after recuperating from exploratory surgery back in June. While touring the Dersingham Bog, which is on the edge of the Sandringham estate, the Duke carried a walking a stick. But don’t let that fool you as he is in good health, cracking jokes and all.
The 92-year-old Duke underwent surgery on 6 June at the London Clinic and was released 10 days after the procedure . During his recovery, he spent time at Windsor Castle and Sandringham and eventually he flew up to Scotland to spend the summer with his wife at Balmoral.
Since his surgery, this has been the Duke’s second engagement. Starting next week, the Duke, who normally performs an average of 300 engagements a year, will start a full programme of events. He will be getting back into the swing of things with approximately three to four engagements a week.
The Dersingham Bog comprises 400 acres of the 20,000 acre Sandringham estate. He was given a tour by workers of The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), an organisation of which he is a patron. He watched as volunteers were coppicing, rhododendron clearing and restoring on the mire.The bog is a special place for the Duke as he enjoys to go fishing there.
The TCV is a national charity. It works to get others and their communities to improve their health and outdoor places by getting involved the TCV’s projects.
The TCV is comprised of 100,00 volunteers who work on projects, similar to the bog, all year long. To thank the volunteers for their efforts, the Duke presented the volunteers with certificates.