Prince Philip, 96, admitted to hospital for planned hip surgery

The palace said the prince entered the King Edward VII Hospital in the afternoon and would have the surgery Wednesday (UK time).

Buckingham Palace has said it will provide updates "when appropriate" but has not provided details about the nature of the surgery.

But the Duke has generally been of good health throughout his life and has kept active well into his later years and is thought to be keeping busy now he has effectively retired from royal duties.

Prince Philip has been admitted to a hospital to undergo a hip operation.

Prince Philip has been admitted to a London hospital to have surgery on his hip. It said the hospital admission and surgery were planned. A month later he was admitted to the King Edward VII hospital as "a precautionary measure" following an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.

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He has attended a total of 22,219 solo engagements since 1952 and has given up some special causes that are very close to his heart. When the mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah told him: "I'm sorry to hear you're standing down", Philip shot back: "Well I can't stand up much longer".

Queen Elizabeth paid tribute to her husband in November 1997 during their Golden Wedding Celebrations.

After the second world war, he got married to Elizabeth II in 1947 and abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles. Philip, who at the time had Greek and Danish royal titles, abandoned his previous titles to marry the future Queen.

Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark was born on a kitchen table on Corfu on June 10, 1921, the only son of prince Andrew of Greece - the younger brother of Greece's king Constantine - and princess Alice of Battenberg.

Officially, Queen Elizabeth has supported Prince Philip's decision to retire.

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