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Countess of Wessex becomes third royal to visit Prince Philip

Sophie, Countess of Wessex has become the third royal to visit Prince Philip in his London clinic.


Sophie at last week’s Garden Party

The Countess arrived this afternoon carrying a picnic bag, most likely containing some treats for the Duke of Edinburgh.

The mum-of-two arrived looking pleased to be visiting her father-in-law and smiled to well-wishers as she walked into the clinic.

Sophie arrived in one of her favourite printed dresses which she has previously showed off at last year’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant and on a brief trip to Monaco.

Prince Edward’s wife is known to have a close bond with her husband’s parents and The Queen and Duke often ‘pop-in’ to have tea with Edward and Sophie.

Sophie’s visit comes just a day after the Duke had two royal visits from The Queen and Prince Edward.

Yesterday Prince Philip was visited separately by the pair as he spent his 92nd birthday in the London Clinic.


Photo: BBC

Her Majesty arrived yesterday evening and spent around 30 minutes with her loyal consort. The 86-year-old monarch arrived holding a birthday card for Philip which was addressed to ‘HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’.

The Queen was greeted by members of staff and well-wishers gathered outside the London clinic hoping to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty.

Her visit came just hours after Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, had visited his father. Edward also arrived with a card for his father, and the Earl was met by a member of staff who greeted the Prince curtseying to him before leading him inside to see Prince Philip.

When leaving, Edward was asked how his father was, replying “Well, thank you,” before getting into his waiting car.

Buckingham Palace has revealed he is “comfortable and in good spirits” after abdominal surgery.

A spokesman added the Duke is “progressing according to plans at this early stage” although Philip will take a break from his royal commitments, most likely resuming royal duties later this year.

After the news broke of the Duke’s hospital visit, Buckingham Palace was quick to stress that the hospital admission had been pre-arranged and was not an emergency.

The Duke was admitted on Thursday after attending a Buckingham Palace garden party just hours before, where guests said he had not displayed any signs of being unwell. Philip was later taken to hospital where he walked into the clinic by himself.


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