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The Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip has left King Edward VII hospital

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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The Duke of Edinburgh was released from the King Edward VII hospital in London this morning. He was pictured leaving the hospital on foot before getting in the passenger seat of a waiting Land Rover. He is said to be on his way to Sandringham to join The Queen for Christmas.

He had been admitted to hospital last Friday. A Buckingham Palace statement on Friday said: “The Duke of Edinburgh travelled from Norfolk this morning to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition. The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’s doctor.”

There had been no further official updates on his health before his release this morning. His eldest son, Prince Charles, commented yesterday, “He’s being looked after very well in hospital. At the moment that’s all we know.” He later added, “When you get to that age things don’t work so well.”

The Queen went to Sandringham as planned on Friday for her traditional break. On Sunday, she attended church and was accompanied by the Earl and Countess of Wessex along with their children, Lady Louise Windsor, and Viscount Severn who recently celebrated his 12th birthday.