Prince Philip into 18th night in hospital as he recovers from heart surgery

Buckingham Palace said the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, returned to the hospital after undergoing a heart surgery at cardiac specialist hospital St Bartholomew’s. In a statement, the Palace said: “Following the Duke of Edinburgh’s successful procedure at St Bartholomew’s Hospital on Wednesday, His Royal Highness has been transferred to King Edward VII’s Hospital this morning.

“The Duke is expected to remain in hospital for continuing treatment for a number of days.”

Fears have grown in recent days as Philip has never spent so long in hospital before.

He admitted himself to hospital on February 16 after “feeling unwell”.

This is not the first heart problem the Duke has faced as he had a stent put in for a blocked coronary artery 10 years ago.

Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke’s surgery was a “successful procedure”, prompting encouraging reactions from well-wishers across the country.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said on Twitter: “The Iron Duke is fighting back. Wonderful!”

One user wrote: “It is wonderful, especially at his age. Hope it’s smoother sailing from here.”

Another wrote: “Wishing #PrincePhilip a speedy recovery. Get well soon, Sir.”

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Prince Edward shared with Sky News that Philip is feeling “a lot better”.

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