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Duke 'progressing satisfactorily'

The Duke of Edinburgh is "progressing satisfactorily" after his exploratory operation, Buckingham Palace has said.

Philip was operated on earlier after being admitted to the London Clinic on Thursday evening after appearing at a garden party.

Buckingham Palace said the "results" of the operation would now be analysed.

The Palace said in a short statement: "His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has had an exploratory operation following abdominal investigations. The results will now be analysed. At this early stage he is progressing satisfactorily. Further updates will continue to be issued when appropriate."

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said the Duke was "comfortable". It is thought the exploratory operation was on his abdomen and did not involve his heart or bladder, organs the Duke has experienced problems with before.

The Queen has been kept fully informed of her husband's progress and is spending the weekend as planned at her Berkshire home, Windsor Castle. The analysis report on the "results" of the operation are expected to be completed next week.

Peter Phillips, the Duke's eldest grandson, said the family were being informed about his grandfather's progress, and he would not want them to stop working.

He told BBC News: "Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with him, we know that he's in good hands and we've been kept up to date in terms of what's happening. But he's one of those people who wouldn't want you to stop just because he's gone into hospital."

Earlier when the Queen opened the BBC's revamped Broadcasting House in London she was asked how her husband was by Radio 4 Today presenter John Humphrys and replied: "I don't know."

The broadcaster added that the Duke looked well during his appearance at a garden party on Thursday, and the monarch said: "That's because he's not ill".

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