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Duke returns home after hospital stay

By Tony Jones

The Duke of Edinburgh has been discharged from hospital after spending two nights being treated for an unspecified infection.

He was admitted as a precautionary measure on Tuesday night, on the advice of a doctor, after falling ill with an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.

The Duke (96) left from the rear of the private King Edward VII's Hospital in central London just before 10am yesterday, and was driven away.

His brief admission to hospital forced him to miss two major events in the Queen's calendar on Wednesday - the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot racing.

The Prince of Wales took Philip's place at the Queen's side when she went to Westminster to give a speech outlining the Government's programme on Wednesday.

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