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Queen visits Philip in hospital

The Queen has visited the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital as Buckingham Palace described him as "comfortable and in good spirits" following the exploratory operation on his abdomen.

Her arrival marked Philip's 92nd birthday, and he was also visited separately by his son the Earl of Wessex earlier.

The Duke is progressing according to plans following his operation on Friday and once out of hospital will spend two months convalescing, said the Palace.

The Queen arrived shortly before 7pm on Monday at the London Clinic where her husband is being treated.

In a short statement the Palace said: "His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh is progressing according to plans at this early stage. He is comfortable and in good spirits. He will remain in hospital for up to two weeks, and it is expected he will then be taking a period of convalescence of approximately two months."

Edward has described the Duke as doing "well" after his visit. His visit lasted 20 minutes and as he left he was asked by the waiting press how his father was and replied: "Well, thank you".

The Duke has already received the good wishes of the Prime Minister on his birthday and gun salutes have been fired across the UK to mark the milestone. David Cameron took to Twitter to send a birthday message to Philip: "Wishing the Duke of Edinburgh a very happy 92nd birthday as he recovers in hospital today."

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun royal salute in Green Park and this was followed an hour later by a 62-round salvo by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London. Gun salutes were fired around the country from Edinburgh Castle in Scotland to Hillsborough Castle in Co Down, Northern Ireland.

The Duke was admitted to the London Clinic for the pre-arranged operation on Thursday, following a garden party at the Palace that day. Analysis of the results of the operation are expected to be completed this week.

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 the Duke has experienced problems with before. It is believed that Philip has been visited on a daily basis by royal doctor Professor John Cunningham.


From Belfast Telegraph