The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, 99 thanks medical staff and returns to Windsor Castle where he has spent most of lockdown with the Queen. He was admitted to King Edward VII’s hospital in central London on 16 February and returned to Windsor Castle after the 28-night stay, his longest-ever in hospital
Prince Philip underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at another London hospital – St Bartholomew’s.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has today been discharged from King Edward VII’s Hospital and has returned to Windsor Castle, following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition.
“His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him… and everyone who has sent their good wishes,” the statement said.
Prince Philip and the Queen, 94, have spent the most-recent lockdown in England living at Windsor with a small group of household staff, nicknamed HMS Bubble.
The Queen, 94, and duke, who have been married for 73 years, received their first Covid-19 jabs in January
Palace said The exact reason for his initial admission was not related to coronavirus.
During his stay at King Edward VII’s, the duke was visited by his son the Prince of Wales.
Prince Philip was transferred to Barts for specialist treatment on a pre-existing heart condition After his admission to King Edward VII hospital,, undergoing a successful procedure on 3 March.
Prince Philip left through a side entrance of the hospital in a wheelchair and was helped into the rear passenger seat of a waiting car.
The duke, who retired from royal duties in 2017, has received treatment for other health conditions over the years, including a bladder infection in 2012 and exploratory surgery on his abdomen in June 2013.
Members of the Royal Family continued with their official duties while the duke was in hospital.
The Queen performed her first face-to-face event of the year last month when she knighted a royal aide during a private socially-distanced ceremony at Windsor.
She also attended numerous virtual meetings, including with scientists, members of the armed forces, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and kept up her weekly audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson via telephone.
Prince Philip’s hospital stay coincided with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which allegations of racism
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