After spending four nights at the King Edward VII hospital in London, Prince Philip has been released just in time to spend Christmas with the royal family at the Queen’s Sandringham estate. The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the hospital late last week as a “precautionary” measure to treat a “pre-existing condition.”
According to People Magazine, when Prince Philip was discharged, he was taken by helicopter from the hospital to Norfolk, England – where Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate is located – so he could join his wife and family.
And here are some still pictures taken by @PA of this morning departure. They are the first pictures of Prince Philip for some time. And he is looking remarkably sprightly for a 98 year old. pic.twitter.com/iOUN1kjAvy
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) December 24, 2019
“The Duke of Edinburgh has today left hospital after being discharged by his Doctor and is now back at Sandringham,” the palace said in a statement. “His Royal Highness would like to thank everyone who sent their good wishes.”
While the palace didn’t give any details about why the 98-year-old was admitted into the hospital, his son Prince Charles said that “when you get to that age, things don’t work so well.”
Buckingham Palace did release a statement on Friday concerning Prince Philip’s hospitalization. Officials explained that the Duke of Edinburgh traveled from Norfolk to King Edward VII Hospital in London for “observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition.” They also insisted that this wasn’t an emergency, and instead was a planned admission on the advice of HIs Royal Highness’ Doctor.
Instead of going to the hospital via ambulance, Prince Philip traveled by private car and “walked into the hospital unaided.”
While Prince Philip was undergoing treatment, Queen Elizabeth took her annual train ride from London to Norfolk, which is part of her Christmas tradition. On Christmas Day, the Queen and her family will take their annual public walk from the estate to St. Mary Magdalene Church. This year Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be joining the family, as they have opted to spend the holiday in Canada.
However, royal insiders claim that Prince George and Princess Charlotte will make their Christmas walk debut this year. And, Queen Elizabeth’s annual Christmas speech will also air on Christmas Day, which will be broadcast on TV, online, and on the radio.
As for Prince Philip, he retired from public life more than two years ago, and he has faced a number of health issues in recent years. He still tries to be a part of family events, like weddings, as he was present for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May 2018 and Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kiingston’s wedding in May 2019.
Prince Philip also took part in the iconic photo after the birth of Archie Harrison that also featured Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Markle’s mom Doria Ragland.