Prince Philip Recovering 'Satisfactorily' Following Successful Hip Replacement Surgery

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Prince Philip is on the road to recovery.

As planned, the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh underwent a hip surgery operation on Wednesday, and according to a new statement released by royal communications, everything went successfully.

"He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage," the statement reads. "His Royal Highness is likely to remain in [the] hospital for several days. He is comfortable and in good spirits."

Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday that Prince Philip was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London, England, for the planned surgery. He had been experiencing hip problems when he missed the traditional Royal Maundy Service at St. George’s Chapel alongside his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, earlier this month. He was also absent at Easter services with the queen over the weekend.

"The order of service was printed some weeks ago, when it was hoped the Duke would be able to take part," the statement regarding Philip's absence from the Royal Maundy Service read. "HRH has since decided not to attend."

A source previously told ET that the Duke has been experiencing health issues for quite a while, and has "been admitted to the hospital several times in recent years."

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