Prince Philip to have hip surgery today

Prince Philip, 96, in hospital for hip surgery after missing several public events

Prince Philip, 96, in hospital for hip surgery after missing several public events

"He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage", a palace statement said, adding that the Duke of Edinburgh is "comfortable and in good spirits".

The royal residence said Prince Philip had the "successful hip replacement operation" at King Edward VII's Hospital in central London, which often treats members of Britain's royal family.

He has missed a series of engagements and events over the last month, including the recent Easter Sunday service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.

The Queen's 96-year-old husband, Prince Philip, has been admitted to a London hospital for a previously scheduled hip surgery, Buckingham Palace says.

Some media reports in the United Kingdom indicated that the timing of Prince Philip's hip replacement surgery was in preparation for the activities that will be involved in the royal wedding ceremony. "He is comfortable and in good spirits".

Philip announced his retirement from royal duties in May although he still accompanies the Queen on occasion. He has supported many charities, including the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, which he founded in 1956.

The duke retired from official duties previous year.

Prince Philip has been in pain for over a month now and has been forced to cancel a number of rare public engagements.

The British monarch and her husband celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last November.

Details of the duke's condition, or which joint is causing the issue, have not been released by Buckingham Palace but the late Queen Mother underwent two successful hip operations in the 1990s, first when aged 95 then later when she was 97.

He has suffered from other ailments as well but has not spoken about them in public.

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