It looks like Prince Philip is feeling better. The 96-year-old royal was photographed for the first time on May 11 since his 11-day hospitalization following hip replacement surgery in mid-April. Philip was spotted driving around the grounds of the annual Windsor Horse Show in southeast England.
Philip made the rare outing to visit his wife, Queen Elizabeth, 92, who was at the show to watch one of her prized horses perform. "He and the Queen spoke for about five minutes. She leaned into the [car's] window to talk," an onlooker told People of the royal couple, before adding Philip appeared to enjoy being "out and about."
Philip and the Queen on May 11. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Though Philip looked to be in good health in the new photographs, Buckingham Palace has not yet confirmed if the Queen's husband will attend grandson Prince Harry's royal wedding to Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on May 19. A spokesperson said they "very much hope" Philip will be a guest at the event but a decision will be made closer to the nuptials, depending on his recovery. The Prince's recuperation from his hip operation has also sadly prevented him from meeting his newest great-grandson, Prince Louis, at Kensington Palace.
Last month, Philip was discharged from London's King Edward VII Hospital on April 13. "The Duke will continue his recovery at Windsor," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said at the time. "His Royal Highness would like to convey his appreciation for the messages of good wishes he has received." One day prior, Philip's only daughter, Princess Anne, visited her dad in the hospital and told reporters he was "in good form."
Following his hip surgery, Buckingham Palace confirmed Philip was "in good spirits" and recovering well. "The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation. He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage. His Royal Highness is likely to remain in hospital for several days. He is comfortable and in good spirits," the message read.
The palace previously revealed that Philip had been hospitalized on April 3. "His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow," the message explained, according to People. In the days prior, Philip missed the royal family's Easter services on April 1 and skipped a planned outing with his wife on March 29. According to Entertainment Tonight, Philip has missed several public outings in recent months because of health issues. Though the palace typically shies away from releasing details about royal family members' health, a source noted that "Prince Philip has been admitted to the hospital several times in recent years."
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Despite suffering from some health problems — the royal has had abdominal surgery, chest infections, surgery to correct carpal tunnel in his left hand, bladder infections, and a blocked coronary artery, just to name a few things — Philip is actually "astonishingly fit for a man of his age," one of the Queen's former physicians recently revealed. In fact, most of his major health scares came years ago when the royal was actively participating in sports competitions. He previously developed synovitis, a rheumatic condition of the tendon in the hand, after a polo fall, broke a bone in his ankle, and suffered arthritis in his right wrist during his polo-playing days.
According to The Express, the Duke of Edinburgh leads a relatively healthy lifestyle today at his advanced age of 96. "[He's] an advocate of healthy eating combined with exercise. He drinks only moderately, takes the stairs rather than [elevators], and still fits into the uniform he wore on his wedding day," the outlet recently revealed.
Prince Philip and his wife, Queen Elizabeth. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Perhaps the biggest health scare Philip has experienced during his life was a rumored prostate cancer diagnosis back in 2008, however, the palace never confirmed nor denied the rampant reports. "We do not comment on private health matters," a spokesperson said at the time. Stories about Philip's possible cancer diagnosis came after the Duke spent three nights in a London hospital to be treated for a chest infection. Since then, the father-of-four has also been photographed wearing hearing aids but the British royal family has never officially commented on him experiencing hearing loss.
Overall, Philip has remained exceptionally healthy over the years, especially considering he's now well into his mid-90s. Though the Queen's husband officially retired from royal duties in August 2017 after completing 22,219 solo engagements since 1952, the Duke is still expected attend major royal engagements when he can. One such event, of course, is Hary's upcoming wedding to Meghan.
Princes Harry and Philip. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Interestingly, royal expert Kate Nicholl recently told Entertainment Tonight that Harry's special bond with his grandfather Philip has impacted both the timing and the venue of his wedding to Meghan. "He wanted something close to home for the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen. In fact, one of the reasons that Prince Harry has wanted this wedding to happen quite quickly — this is really whirlwind by royal standards — is because his 96-year-old grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, is retired now and Prince Harry really wants him to be at his wedding. He's incredibly close to his grandfather and, being 96, Harry thought it was it was a great thing to [have] the wedding sooner rather than later, so his grandfather could be there, fit, and healthy," Nicholl explained.
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