Queen Elizabeth’s husband and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip left King Edward VII’s hospital in central London where he had been recovering after heart surgery, four weeks after first being admitted.
Buckingham Palace has now confirmed that he’s been discharged from the King Edward VII’s Hospital, after photos shared online showed that he was driven away from the private hospital on Tuesday morning March 16.
The statement read;
“The Duke of Edinburgh has today been discharged from King Edward VII’s hospital and has returned to Windsor Castle, following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition.
“His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him at both King Edward VII’s hospital and St Bartholomew’s hospital, and everyone who has sent their good wishes.”
Prince Charles on the other hand said he is “thrilled” his father is out of hospital, telling reporters on a visit to Finsbury Park mosque in London that he has “spoken to him several times” since he was discharged.
Philip, 99, the nation’s longest-serving consort was admitted on 16 February and two weeks later, was moved to St Bartholomew’s hospital in the City of London where he underwent the heart procedure on 3 March.
After that, he was transferred back to King Edward’s to recuperate and to continue his treatment. He has spent 28 nights as an inpatient, his longest ever stay.
Concern for his welfare has been heightened because of his advanced age. He has been treated for heart problems in the past and, in 2011, was taken to hospital by helicopter from Sandringham after suffering chest pains as the royal family was preparing for Christmas. He was treated for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth hospital in Cambridgeshire and underwent a minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting.
He will be turning 100 in June.