Prince Philip is recovering in hospital following successful hip replacement surgery

He was admitted on Tuesday to the King Edward VII Hospital in London which is regularly used by the royals.

Details about the hip surgery, however, have not been revealed.

It read, 'His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow'.

According to the Daily Mail's Richard Kay, Philip accepted medical advice after being told his hip complaint could prevent him from participating in his "beloved" sport of carriage driving.

Prince Philip's health has been the focus of speculation for some time, given his grand age.

In January 1998, the Queen Mother underwent hip replacement surgery at the age of 97.

He has since appeared several times at engagements alongside the Queen and was seen with other members of the royal family at the Christmas Day service at Sandringham.

Ananda Nanu, the board's president, said hip replacement patients need strong pain relief after their operations.

The palace says Philip is "progressing satisfactorily at this early stage" and is likely to spend several days in the hospital.

The Duke of Edinburgh retired from royal duties last summer but still makes appearances with the royal family.

Philip announced his retirement from royal duties in May although he still accompanies the Queen on occasion.

The palace said at the time he had carried out roughly 22,000 solo royal engagements since Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952.

The hospital was rated as "requires improvement" by inspectors previous year.

Philip has suffered from heart disease and other ailments in recent years.

Surgery at the hospital, which treats about 4,000 patients a year, was described by officials as requiring "improvement".

Philip's last reported stay came in 2012 after suffering the effects of standing for hours in cold, damp rain during the Diamond Jubilee pageant.

Also invited will be 200 people from various charities associated with the couple, 100 students from two local schools, 610 Windsor Castle community members and 530 Members of The Royal Households and Crown Estate.

  • Rogelio Becker