Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Duke exits hospital in good spirits

The Duke of Edinburgh has been discharged from hospital in "good condition and good spirits", 11 days after he was admitted for exploratory abdominal surgery.

Philip looked relaxed and smiled as he left the London Clinic and walked briskly to a waiting car after saying goodbye to senior staff.

He appears to be making good progress after his operation just over a week ago, and in the last few days has been asking for paperwork from his office.

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 1,000 cards from well-wishers during his time at the London Clinic.

Wearing a blazer, shirt and tie, the Duke looked at ease when he left the hospital and waved before getting into the front seat of his chauffeur-driven vehicle.

He walked out of the hospital clutching a large hardback book, Crucible Of War by the American historian Fred Anderson. It runs to almost 1,000 pages and its full title is The Seven Years' War And The Fate Of Empire In British North America, 1754-1766.

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

Details of the original symptoms behind Philip's 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.

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