Prince Philip has left hospital this morning, 11 days after he was first admitted for exploratory abdominal surgery.
The Duke of Edinburgh left the London Clinic this morning waving to the waiting press and small crowd that had gathered, as Buckingham Palace revealed the Duke was “good condition and good spirits”.
The 92-year-old shook hands with members of staff and looked to be in high spirits as he walked unaided to his waiting car.
Philip’s release comes earlier than initially expected. It was thought that the Duke would spend two weeks in the London Clinic as he recovered from abdominal surgery.
During the royal’s 11 day stay he was visited by the Royal Family, with Prince Edward being the first followed later by the Queen and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Prince William and Prince Harry also visited their grandfather during his stay.
Philip also took time to thank the London Clinic for their support during his stay. “The Duke has expressed his thanks and appreciation to medical staff at the London Clinic,” the short statement revealed.
During his stay, the Duke was sent over a 1000 cards from well-wishers and Philip thanked the members of public who had taken the time to send them.
It is now thought the Duke of Edinburgh will spend two months resting from royal duties to allow him to recover fully. It is expected the Duke will resume royal duties later this year.
The loyal consort celebrated his 92nd birthday during his stay with a visit from The Queen and son Prince Edward. The Queen arrived with a birthday card addressed to ‘HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’.
Buckingham Palace revealed the Prince was ‘progressing well’ after his surgery but admitted Philip would spend substantial time recovering following his surgery.
The Palace is yet to reveal what prompted the exploratory surgery, but did confirm it was a pre-arranged operation.
The Queen will attend the Order of The Garter ceremony in Windsor today before spending the week at Royal Ascot. It is not expected the Duke will join her.