Duke of Edinburgh leaves the hospital after hip surgery

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The Duke of Edinburgh has had a successful hip replacement at the impressive age of 96.

His release comes just a day after his daughter Princess Anne, 67, said he was on "good form" after she paid him a visit at the hospital on Thursday (04.12.18).

The Queen also gave an update telling a well-wisher in Windsor "he said he's getting on very well" when asked about Philip's recovery.

Prince Philip has been discharged from hospital, just over a week after he had a hip replacement.

The head of state's comment suggests that although she has not visited her husband - who was spending his 10th day in hospital and is known to prefer no fuss - they have been in contact.

Buckingham Palace said after the surgery that Philip was in "good spirits" and making progress, After returning home, he is expected to need a rehabilitation period and to use crutches for a number of weeks.

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The palace says "his royal highness would like to convey his appreciation for the messages of good wishes he has received".

The aging royal did not attend Easter services with the Queen because he was having problems with his hip.

Former naval officer Philip retired from public life last August, quipping at the time that he was no longer able to "stand up much".

On May 19, they will celebrate the wedding of their grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.

A full recovery can take up to three months, although the majority of people will be up on their feet within a few days.