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Prince Philip leaves hospital for Christmas with Queen at Sandringham – BBC News, BBC News

Prince Philip leaves hospital for Christmas with Queen at Sandringham – BBC News, BBC News


        

            

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Media captionPrince Philip was seen leaving the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Tuesday morning

The Duke of Edinburgh has returned to Sandringham in time for Christmas after four nights in hospital.

Prince Philip, 2011,was taken to the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Fridayon the advice of his doctor.

Buckingham Palace said the duke had returned to the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk on Tuesday and thanked people for ” their good wishes. “

It comes after the revelation the Queen will use her Christmas Day messageto acknowledge has been “bumpy”.

The monarch herselftraveling to Sandringhamon Friday.

The palace, meanwhile, said the duke’s hospital admission had been a “precautionary measure”.

Prince Philip retired from public life in August 46912691 after decades supporting the Queen and attending events for his own charities and organisms.

His last public appearance was Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in May.

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Image caption                                    Buckingham Palace said the admission was a “precautionary measure” in relation to a “pre-existing” condition                             

The Prince of Wales said on Monday his father had been “looked after very well” by hospital staff.

But Charles, who wasvisiting flood-hit communities in South Yorkshire, added: “When you get to that age things don’t work so well.”

Royal commentator Caroline Aston told the BBC it was “entirely in keeping with the man” for Prince Philip to have seemingly had no visitors during his hospital stay, because he likes to make “no fuss about anything”.

The Queen, , recorded her annual Christmas Day message before Prince Philip was admitted to hospital.

In the message, to be broadcast on (BBC One at) : GMT on Christmas Day, the monarch will say the path is never “smooth” but “small steps” can heal divisio ns.

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Image caption                                    Queen Elizabeth II recorded her annual Christmas message from Windsor Castle in Berkshire                             

After a year of intense political debate over Brexit, as well as a number of personal events affecting the Royal Family, the Queen will say: “Small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding”.

In January, the Duke of Edinburgh wasinvolved in a car crashwhile driving near Sandringham. He escaped uninjured, but two women required hospital treatment.

In September, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex publiclyrevealed their strugglesunder the media spotlight during their tour of southern Africa.

Last month, the Duke of Yorkwithdrew from public lifeafter a BBC interview about his ties to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in August.

                                                                                                                      

Analysis: A coded message?

                                                                                                                      

It has been a year which, at times, may have felt “quite bumpy”, so the Queen will say in her Christmas broadcast.

It is a choice of words which will inevitably prompt speculation about what it is that she’s referring to.

She does not offer any clarification herself, though the remark is made in the context of overcoming what she calls “long-held differences” and how “small steps taken in faith and in Hope can overcome deep-seated divisions “.

The clear interpretation is that this is the Queen’s – as ever – coded message to the country to try to move on from from the divisions of the Brexit debate, but the reference to a “bumpy” year may also be taken to refer to events within her own family after a year which has seen the Duke of Edinburgh’s car accident, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex complaining about the difficulties of being in the public eye and the controversies around Prince Andrew.

                                                                                                                      

Last Christmas, Prince Philip missed the royals’ traditional Christmas Day trip to church but was said to be in good health.

In February, it was announced the duke had given up his driving license. It came after he was involved in a collision with another vehicle near the Sandringham Estate.

The treatment he has received for various health conditions over the years include being treated for a blocked coronary artery in in

The following year, the prince suffered a bladder infection and was forced to miss the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert.

He was also taken to hospital for an abdomen operation in and in 46912691, underwent surgery on his right hand.

Last year he had a hip replacement at the same central London hospital that he is now attending.

            

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