Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital for planned surgery

The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital for hip surgery, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The 96-year-old arrived at King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon ahead of an operation tomorrow.

It involves a problem with his hip that has been troubling him for around a month, the Telegraph understands.

The Duke, who has retired from royal duties, has been absent from various events in recent days, most recently the Easter Mattins Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Sunday.

He also missed the annual Maundy Service at Leicester Cathedral last Thursday because of his hip problem, despite being named as a guest in the order of service.

Last week, he pulled out of an official engagement with the Queen and Duke of York because he was unwell, according to reports.

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