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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Duke of Edinburgh leaves the hospital after hip surgery

Prince Philip, 96, had surgery April 4 at the King Edward VII Hospital

Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh EPA
Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh EPA

Buckingham Palace says the Duke of Edinburgh — the husband of Queen Elizabeth II — has left the hospital after a hip replacement operation.

The palace said in a statement on Friday that he will continue his recovery at Windsor Castle. He is expected to need a rehabilitation period and to use crutches for weeks.

Prince Philip, 96, had surgery April 4 at the King Edward VII Hospital.

Philip had suffered from hip pain in recent weeks and had missed a number of family events, including an Easter church service with the queen and other members of the royal family.

The palace says "his royal highness would like to convey his appreciation for the messages of good wishes he has received."

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