Prince Philip leaves hospital after heart procedure

The Duke of Edinburgh has left hospital after spending a month under the care of medical staff following reports that he was unwell.

He was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital last month for undisclosed reasons, which the Palace confirmed were not related to coronavirus. He was eventually moved to St Bartholomew’s for a heart procedure.

Four days after being admitted to King Edward VII Hospital, on the 20th of February, he was visited by his son Charles.

Royal expert Dickie Arbiter speculated at the time that Philip would recover from his ailment, but suggested that the meeting would have concerned the future of the family.

“Look the man is 99, he is in with an infection. My guess is that he will come out, he will walk out and he will go back to Windsor” said Arbiter. “But eventually he is going to die and he was just saying to Charles, ‘one day you are going to be the leading man of the family’.”

The 200-mile round trip by the Prince of Wales was condemned by some in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but many Brits refrained from criticism as a son visited his ill father in hospital.

The Duke has been a beloved member of the Royal Family for many decades and his apparent recovery will be warmly received by the British public.

His 1947 marriage to the Queen followed a distinguished record of service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, during which he served in both the Mediterranean and Pacific Fleets.

He stepped back from public life in 2017, retiring from the performance of royal duties at age 96 and winding down other official roles in subsequent years. He most recently stepped down as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles last July and handed over the ceremonial military honour to his daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cornwall.