The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone minor surgery on his right hand at Buckingham Palace yesterday, officials say.
The news was announced as the Duke emerged for the first garden party of the year at the Palace this afternoon with a bandaged right hand, which officials say is for ‘protection’ of the Duke’s hand.
Despite the surgery, the palace says the Duke of Edinburgh will be continuing with his diary of engagements as anticipated and that the surgery was only a ‘minor procedure’.
On a visit to a medical centre today, the bandage was clearly visible on the Duke’s hand which led the palace to giving the information shortly after 4 o’clock when the Duke emerged for the garden party.
His Royal Highness is set to attend at dinner as patron of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators this evening at Mansion House, though is not set to carry out any more engagements until next Wednesday when he’ll join The Queen and other members of the Royal Family on Horse Guards Parade for the presentation of new colours to the Household Cavalry Regiment.
The Royal Household are naturally reticent to release any more information on the Duke’s ailment and it’s likely that this will be the the only information we’re given, at least at this stage.
Prince Philip will celebrate his 93rd birthday next month.
He will join The Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family in Normandy for commemorations for the D-day landings and also for a state visit to France on 5th-7th June.