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Prince Philip 'Progressing Satisfactorily' After His Operation, Say Buckingham Palace

07/06/2013 17:58 BST | Updated 07/06/2013 18:40 BST
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(FILES) - A picture dated June 4, 2013 shows Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, arriving at Westminster Abbey in London for a service to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation Service. The 91-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was admitted to hospital on June 6, 2013 for 'exploratory' surgery and is likely to stay there for two weeks, Buckingham Palace said. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

The Duke of Edinburgh is "progressing satisfactorily" after his exploratory operation, Buckingham Palace has said.

Prince Philip is expected to remain at the London Clinic for up to two weeks.

Buckingham Palace said the "results" of the operation would now be analysed.

The Palace said in a short statement: "His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has had an exploratory operation following abdominal investigations. The results will now be analysed.

"At this early stage he is progressing satisfactorily.

"Further updates will continue to be issued when appropriate."

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said the Duke was "comfortable" on Friday evening.

It is thought the exploratory operation was on his abdomen and did not involve his heart or bladder, organs the Duke has experienced problems with before.

The Queen has been kept fully informed of her husband's progress and is spending the weekend as planned at her Berkshire home, Windsor Castle.

The analysis report on the "results" of the operation are expected to be completed next week.

Peter Phillips, the Duke's eldest grandson, said the family were being informed about his grandfather's progress, and he would not want them to stop.

He told BBC News: "Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with him, we know that he's in good hands and we've been kept up to date in terms of what's happening.

"But he's one of those people who wouldn't want you to stop just because he's gone into hospital."

Details about the Duke's original symptoms that prompted the exploratory operation have not been released by Buckingham Palace.

But earlier today when the Queen opened the BBC's revamped Broadcasting House in London she was asked how her husband was by Radio 4 Today presenter John Humphrys and replied: "I don't know."

The broadcaster added that the Duke looked well during his appearance at yesterday's Buckingham Palace garden party, and the monarch stated: "That's because he's not ill".