Eamonn Holmes gives a cheery wave as he leaves hospital post-surgery with wife Ruth Langsford

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Beaming from ear-to-ear and giving a cheery wave, Eamonn Holmes couldn't have looked happier to be leaving hospital last week. The presenter was spotted departing the King Edward VII hospital in London with his doting wife Ruth Langsford in tow.

Eamonn, 56, had undergone double hip replacement surgery and was under the knife for just over three hours. The operation was a success but took longer than planned, leaving Ruth, 55, slightly concerned.

She was no doubt relieved to be able to pick him up and take him home to continue his recuperation on Thursday. A nurse was pictured helping Eamonn into the car while his wife took charge of his crutches.

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Eamonn Holmes underwent double hip replacement surgery

Eamonn has been updating fans with his recovery, and on Monday tweeted: "Physios r well pleased with my progress. Wounds are clean & healing and I'm beginning to reduce painkillers. Long way to go yet but I have a very positive approach. No regrets at having two hips done at once."

The following day he posted: "This reducing painkillers while continuing physical exercise is a difficult balance. Haven't quite got it right yet."

After the operation Eamonn and Ruth gave a joint interview, in which the presenter of Sky News Sunrise and This Morning revealed that he wasn't nervous at the time, but felt like he was having an out-of-body experience.

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"It was like an out-of-body experience," said the presenter

"I felt like I was in a movie," Eamonn told Mail Online. "Or the hospital drama Casualty. It was like an out-of-body experience – am I going back into my body or am I out of my body now? I didn't know."

When he woke up again, he felt great. "I saw a smiling surgeon, my smiling wife and someone handing me a lunch menu and I thought, 'I must be alive then!'"

While Ruth and Eamonn have never been at a loss for words during their 20-year relationship, the couple did struggle to say goodbye the night before Eamonn's operation.

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Eamonn and his wife Ruth Langsford have been together for more than 20 years

"Neither of us knew what to say and Eamonn started to well up," said Ruth. When she got home, she had received a text from her husband saying: "I didn't say any of the things I meant to say."

Ruth replied: "You don't need to say them. I know them. You know I love you and I know you love me."

The couple made their relationship official in 2010, marrying in a romantic wedding exclusively covered by HELLO! magazine.