Duke of Edinburgh leaves hospital in good spirits after operation

He received numerous visits from his family, including the Queen, after being admitted for exploratory abdominal surgery

The Duke of Edinburgh leaves the London Clinic on June 17, 2013
The Duke of Edinburgh leaves the London Clinic on June 17, 2013

The Duke of Edinburgh left hospital today (June 17), 11 days after he was admitted for exploratory abdominal surgery.

Philip looked relaxed as he walked from the London Clinic clutching a large book. Buckingham Palace said the Duke was in "good spirits" this morning and he said goodbye to senior staff from the hospital before walking towards a waiting vehicle.

Over the previous few days he received numerous visits from his family, including the Queen on Saturday. After the Prince of Wales saw his father on Friday evening, he said the 92-year-old was "much better".

The Duke was first admitted on June 6 and arrived at the London Clinic after attending a Buckingham Palace garden party.The pre-arranged operation was carried out the next day and followed abdominal investigations.

Details of the original symptoms behind his admission have not been released, but it is thought the procedure did not involve his heart or bladder - organs with which the Duke has experienced problems before.

Philip spent his 92nd birthday - last Monday - in hospital but on that day received his first visit from the Queen, who left the hospital smiling.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Duke is in good condition and good spirits. He'll take a period of convalescence, of approximately two months.

"The Duke has expressed his thanks and appreciation to medical staff at the London Clinic and the many members of the public who have sent good wishes.

"Philip has received more than a thousand cards from well-wishers during his time at the London Clinic.

"In recent days he has been asking for paperwork from his office and is expected to resume his official duties in the autumn.

"The Duke will initially spend time at Windsor Castle, where the Queen is staying during Royal Ascot week."

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