Queen's husband Prince Philip hospitalized for hip surgery

Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital for hip surgery

Prince Philip has been admitted to hospital in London for a planned hip operation, Buckingham Palace said. The palace said at the time he had carried out roughly 22,000 solo royal engagements since Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952.

Philip's surgery comes after he was forced to miss out on numerous events over the Easter period due to problems with his hip.

A brief statement from Buckingham Palace said the 96-year-old prince was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London on Monday afternoon. He was absent from the Easter Mattins Service at St George's Chapel where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will Wednesday in May. Prince Andrew inherited the role directly from his father, who had been Colonel of the Granadier Guards since 1975.

Philip retired from public life a year ago but has since appeared several times at royal engagements alongside the queen.

Buckingham Palace said he was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and that further updates would be issued when appropriate.

FILE PHOTO: Police officers stand outside King Edward VII hospital where Britain's Prince Philip is receiving treatment, London, June 21, 2017.

In his customary good humor, Philip joked to a well-wisher who said he was sorry the duke of Edinburgh was standing down shortly after the retirement announcement by responding, "Standing down?"

The royal couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in November a year ago.

Philip is now expected to attend Harry and Markle's May 19 wedding at St. George's Chapel with other members of the royal family.

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