99-year-old Prince Philip leaves hospital after 28 nights

Prince Philip

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip left the hospital Tuesday after spending four weeks undergoing treatment for an infection and recovering after heart surgery.

The 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II walked out of the capital’s King Edward VII’s Hospital, according to British media.

Philip, the nation’s longest-serving consort was admitted on 16 February and two weeks later, was moved to St Bartholomew’s hospital in the City of London where he underwent the heart procedure on 3 March.

After that, he was transferred back to King Edward’s to recuperate and to continue his treatment. He has spent 28 nights as an inpatient, his longest ever stay.

Buckingham Palace has now confirmed that he’s been discharged from the King Edward VII’s Hospital, after photos shared online showed that he was driven away from the private hospital on Tuesday morning March 16.

The statement read;

 

“The Duke of Edinburgh has today been discharged from King Edward VII’s hospital and has returned to Windsor Castle, following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition.

“His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him at both King Edward VII’s hospital and St Bartholomew’s hospital, and everyone who has sent their good wishes.”

 

Concern for his welfare has been heightened because of his advanced age. He has been treated for heart problems in the past and, in 2011, was taken to hospital by helicopter from Sandringham after suffering chest pains as the royal family was preparing for Christmas. He was treated for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth hospital in Cambridgeshire and underwent a minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting.

While the duke has been hospitalized for short periods in recent years, this is his longest-ever stint at a medical facility and time away from his wife, whom he married in 1947.

He will be turning 100 in June.