Heart op gave Duke 'spurt of life'
The Duke of Edinburgh has been given a new lease of life to carry out his royal duties thanks to his heart operation, Prince Harry suggested.
It had been feared that his 90-year-old grandfather would have to reduce his workload after undergoing a successful procedure to clear a blocked coronary artery last December.
But when Harry formally called on Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General of the Bahamas, after arriving in the country as part of his Diamond Jubilee tour, he revealed the state of Prince Philip's health to the Queen's official representative.
When Sir Arthur asked how the royal was, Harry replied: "Now he's got a new spurt of life, he'll carry on doing all he can."
Philip was seen in public a few days after having a stent fitted inside the artery as part of the procedure completed at a Cambridgeshire hospital, and attended his first public engagement a few weeks into the new year.
Before the heart scare Philip had been fit and apparently healthy, and led the active life of a man of younger years.
During the weeks since he was treated at Papworth Hospital, Philip is likely to have followed medical advice and slowly built up his former routine.
There had been reports that the Queen's consort had given up shooting because of fears it would dislodge the stent but this is unlikely as the implant becomes part of the artery which grows around it.
This week Philip has a succession of engagements - holding various events around London.
On Monday he is hosting a dinner for the Outward Bound Trust at Frogmore House, the following day, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, he will visit Wellington Barracks in London and on Friday, as Grand Master of the British Empire Association, he will hold a lunch at St James's Palace.