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Prince Philip attends first engagement since surgery

Today the Duke of Edinburgh made his first public appearance since leaving hospital in June.

The 92-year-old attended the Royal Society in Edinburgh to hand out Royal Medals and looked sprightly as ever in a dark grey suit, as he exited his car and made his way inside the building.

Prince Philip appeared sprightly at his first engagement since surgery

Prince Philip appeared at his first engagement since surgery today in Edinburgh

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is an independent educational charity of which Prince Philip has been an honorary fellow since 1951. The society was set up in 1783 to advance ‘learning and useful knowledge’.

The Duke’s engagement lasted roughly an hour, with him quoted to have said: ‘It’s a great pleasure to be back in circulation’. The Duke then posed for a photo outside before heading to Balmoral, as is tradition, to spend the rest of the summer with his wife, The Queen. It is expected that Prince Philip will meet his new great-grandson, Prince George of Cambridge, for the first time in the Scottish highlands, when William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, travel to Balmoral sometime in the near future.

Currently, The Queen, The Duke and Duchess of York and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are confirmed to be at Balmoral with Her Majesty.

The next time we expect to see Prince Philip in public is at the end of September, when he will visit Dersingham Bog Natural Nature Reserve on the Sandringham estate; Sandringham is where the Duke has been recuperating in private after his exploratory abdominal surgery.

photo credit: Jamie McCaffrey via photopin cc