Prince Philip receives first visit in hospital

Prince Philip receives first royal visitor after nine days in hospital

Prince Philip is said to be in 'good spirits' following the operation

Emmy Griffiths,

Prince Philip has been recuperating at the King Edward VIII Hospital for the past nine days following a hip operation, and he has now received his first known visitor – his daughter, Princess Anne. The Princess Royal went to visit the 96-year-old on Thursday, just over a week after his operation on Wednesday 4 April, and later said her father was "on good form". The Queen is currently residing in Windsor but has been in touch with her husband, while Princes Charles and Andrew have been abroad during Philip's time in hospital.

Princess Anne visited her father in hospital

It is also clear that the royal's family and friends have been sending their wishes while he recovers from the operation, and a well-wisher was spotted delivering flowers to the hospital just hours after the surgery. Buckingham Palace confirmed that the operation was a success in early April. In a statement, they said: "The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation. He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage. His Royal Highness is likely to remain in hospital for several days. He is comfortable and in good spirits. Further updates will be issued when appropriate."

Prince Philip is recuperating at King Edward VIII Hospital

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It is clear that the Philip's family and friends have been thinking of the royal as he recovers from the operation, and a well-wisher was spotted delivering flowers to the hospital just hours after the surgery. Buckingham Palace previously confirmed that the operation had been a success, issuing a statement that read: "The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation. He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage. His Royal Highness is likely to remain in hospital for several days. He is comfortable and in good spirits. Further updates will be issued when appropriate."

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