Prince Philip gets hospital visit from Queen Elizabeth

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Queen Elizabeth II leaves after visiting Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh as he celebrates his 92nd birthday in a Londo... Ben A. Pruchnie / Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II leaves after visiting Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh as he celebrates his 92nd birthday in a London hospital.

Queen Elizabeth wished her husband a happy 92nd birthday in the hospital on Monday, paying Prince Philip a visit where he is recovering from exploratory stomach surgery.

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Prince Philip smiles during a visit to the Admiralty Board and Admiralty House on Nov. 23, 2011 in London. He turned 92 on Monday.

The prince was “progressing according to plans at this early stage,” resting comfortably and was “in good spirits” following his procedure last week, according to a statement Monday from Buckingham Palace. The prince was expected to remain in the hospital for up to two more weeks and will then spent two additional months resting, the palace added.

A pair of gun salutes were fired in Philip's honor earlier Monday, and British Prime Minister David Cameron also sent him birthday wishes via Twitter.


The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted last Thursday for a planned procedure he underwent the following day to determine the source of an abdominal problem.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Queen Elizabeth II arrives to visit Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh as he celebrates his 92nd birthday in a London Cli... Ben A. Pruchnie / Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth, as she heads to see her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Buckingham Palace officials released a statement following the surgery saying the Duke was “progressing satisfactorily,” but have not released additional details.

This is Philip’s fourth trip to the hospital in 18 months. He was treated for a recurring bladder infection last August, forcing him to miss the end of the queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations. In December of 2011, he had a stent inserted into his heart.

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