Prince Philip was spotted out and in good spirits on Friday in Windsor, England. The 96-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show and was photographed driving his wife to the event and speaking to her from inside the car.
This marks the first time he’s been seen in public since his hip surgery in early April.
Queen Elizabeth had a great morning, with her horse winning in the class she watched. She went casual for the event, wearing a floral head scarf, shades, a navy jacket and a grey skirt.
Philip returned from the hospital in mid-April and at the time, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying he was “progressing satisfactorily at this early stage.”
Prince Philip retired from public life last fall, delegating his charities and organizations to his children and grandchildren. Following his surgery, many were concerned he may not be able to make it to his grandson Prince Harry’s royal wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19, but this recent appearance seems to be an encouraging sign that he will be there.
Katie Nicholl, the author of Harry: Life, Loss, and Love, previously told ET that Prince Philip’s attendance at the nuptials was very important to Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36.
“One of the reasons that Prince Harry has wanted this wedding to happen quite quickly -- this is really whirlwind by royal standards -- is because his 96-year-old grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, is retired now and Prince Harry really wants him to be at his wedding,” Nicholl said. “He's incredibly close to his grandfather and, being 96, Harry thought it was it was a great thing to [have] the wedding sooner rather than later, so his grandfather could be there, fit and healthy.”