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Britain's Prince Philip, 92, undergoes 'minor' medical procedure on his hand

May 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM ET

Britain's Prince Philip, left, meets members of staff during a visit to the Margaret Pyke Centre in London on Wednesday, one day after undergoing a procedure on his hand.
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Britain's Prince Philip, left, meets members of staff during a visit to the Margaret Pyke Centre in London on Wednesday, one day after undergoing a procedure on his right hand.

Prince Philip, the 92-year-old husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, has undergone a minor medical procedure on his right hand but royal officials were quick to downplay any health concerns on Wednesday, saying he was attending a garden party.

A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, underwent the procedure at the palace on Tuesday and his hand needed a bandage as protection.

"It was a minor procedure and all his engagements will continue as planned. He is currently in the middle of a garden party," the spokeswoman said.

She was unable to give any further details of the exact nature of the procedure or what was wrong.

Despite occasional illnesses, the sprightly Duke continues to make regular public appearances as does Queen Elizabeth, 88, although she has cut back on long haul flights and started to designate more official duties to the younger royals.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show on May 10, 2013 in Windsor, England.
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Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show on May 10, 2013 in Windsor, England.

Philip, the longest-serving consort in British history, has won admirers for his charity work and loyal support for the queen, but is as well-known for his sharp wit and verbal gaffes as he is for his devotion to duty. 

Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith; editing by Stephen Addison.

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