The Duke of Edinburgh has left the London Clinic in "good spirits", 11 days after he was admitted for exploratory abdominal surgery.

Philip looked relaxed as he walked from the London Clinic clutching a large book. He said goodbye to senior staff from the hospital before walking towards a waiting vehicle.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Duke is in good condition and good spirits. He'll take a period of convalescence, of approximately two months.

"The Duke has expressed his thanks and appreciation to medical staff at the London Clinic and the many members of the public who have sent good wishes."

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Prince Philip was in hospital for exploratory examinations


Over the previous few days he received numerous visits from his family, including the Queen on Saturday. After the Prince of Wales saw his father on Friday evening, he said the 92-year-old was ''much better''.

The Duke was first admitted on June 6 and arrived at the London Clinic after attending a Buckingham Palace garden party.

The pre-arranged operation was carried out the next day and followed abdominal investigations.

Details of the original symptoms behind his admission have not been released, but it is thought the procedure did not involve his heart or bladder - organs with which the Duke has experienced problems before.

Philip spent his 92nd birthday - last Monday - in hospital but on that day received his first visit from the Queen, who left the hospital smiling.

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    The Household Cavalry during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade, London.

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    Queen Elizabeth II leaves following Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade, London.

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    Queen Elizabeth II (not pictured) leaves followed by Duke of Cambridge, Princess Royal (left) and the Prince of Wales (centre) after Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade, London.

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    (Left - right) the Earl of Wessex, Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Spencer, Viscount Severn, Prince of Wales, Princess Royal (partially obscured), Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of York, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, Duchess of Cambridge, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie, Duke of Kent and Princess Beatrice. gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, to watch a flypast of military aircraft following Trooping the Colour.

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    (Left - right) the Countess of Wessex, Princess Royal, Prince of Wales (partially obscured), Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of York (partially obscured), Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, Duchess of Cambridge, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, to watch a flypast of military aircraft following Trooping the Colour.

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    The Red Arrow fly overhear as the Royal family gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, to watch a flypast of military aircraft following Trooping the Colour.

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    (Left - right) the Earl of Wessex, Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Spencer, Viscount Severn, Prince of Wales (partially obscured), Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of York, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, Duchess of Cambridge, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie, Duke of Kent and Princess Beatrice. gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, to watch a flypast of military aircraft following Trooping the Colour.

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre, surrounded by members of her family, watch a Royal Air Force fly pass by, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping The Colour parade, in London, Saturday, June 15, 2013. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her birthday with traditional pomp and circumstance _ but without her husband by her side. Prince Philip remains in the hospital, recovering from exploratory abdominal surgery. The queen invited her cousin, the Duke of Kent, to accompany her in a vintage carriage. Other royals — including Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge — joined in the celebration Saturday. More than 1,000 soldiers, horses and musicians are taking part in the parade known as “Trooping the Color,” an annual ceremony. From left, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, Lady Louise, James, Viscount Severn, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Anne, the Princess Royal, Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry, Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    The Duke of Duchess of Cornwall gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, to watch a flypast of military aircraft following Trooping the Colour.

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    The RAF Red Arrows perform a flypast over Buckingham Palace, central London, following the Trooping of the Colour.

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    The RAF Red Arrows perform a flypast over Buckingham Palace, central London, following the Trooping of the Colour.

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    The RAF Red Arrows perform a flypast over Buckingham Palace, central London, following the Trooping of the Colour.

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    Prince Harry (fourth from left), the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Princess Eugenie on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre, surrounded by members of her family, watch a Royal Air Force fly past, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping The Colour parade, in London, Saturday, June 15, 2013. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her birthday with traditional pomp and circumstance _ but without her husband by her side. Prince Philip remains in the hospital, recovering from exploratory abdominal surgery. The queen invited her cousin, the Duke of Kent, to accompany her in a vintage carriage. Other royals — including Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge — joined in the celebration Saturday. More than 1,000 soldiers, horses and musicians are taking part in the parade known as “Trooping the Color,” an annual ceremony. From left, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, Lady Louise, James, Viscount Severn, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, partially obscured, Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry, Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie, and Princess Beatrice. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    Britain's Prince Harry, left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, center, and Prince William, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping The Colour parade, in London, Saturday, June 15, 2013. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her birthday with traditional pomp and circumstance _ but without her husband by her side. Prince Philip remains in the hospital, recovering from exploratory abdominal surgery. The queen invited her cousin, the Duke of Kent, to accompany her in a vintage carriage. Other royals — including Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge — joined in the celebration Saturday. More than 1,000 soldiers, horses and musicians are taking part in the parade known as “Trooping the Color,” an annual ceremony. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    (Left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of York, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and the Duke of Kent, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

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    Prince Harry (fourth from left), the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Princess Eugenie on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

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    (Left to right) Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

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    (Left to right) Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

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    (Left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of York, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, second left, arrives on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with Prince Charles, left, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge to watch the Royal Air Force fly, part of the Trooping The Colour parade, in London, Saturday, June 15, 2013. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her birthday with traditional pomp and circumstance _ but without her husband by her side. Prince Philip remains in the hospital, recovering from exploratory abdominal surgery. The queen invited her cousin, the Duke of Kent, to accompany her in a vintage carriage. Other royals — including Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge — joined in the celebration Saturday. More than 1,000 soldiers, horses and musicians are taking part in the parade known as “Trooping the Color,” an annual ceremony. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    (left to right) the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie, the Duke of York and Princess Beatrice, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

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    (left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

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    (Left to right) Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, look up as they watch a flypast, from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

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    (left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

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    The RAF Red Arrows perform a flypast over Chelsea, central London, following the Trooping of the Colour.

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    The RAF Red Arrows perform a flypast over Chelsea, central London, following the Trooping of the Colour.

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    A Lancaster bomber (top left) performs a flypast over Chelsea, central London, following the Trooping the Colour.

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    An RAF Voyager (centre), two Typhoons and two Tornados (outer left and right) perform a flypast over Buckingham Palace, central London, following the Trooping of the Colour.

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    A Tristar (front) and a VC-10 perform perform a flypast over Buckingham Palace, central London, following the Trooping of the Colour.

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    (left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of York, Prince Harry and the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

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    (Left to right) Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

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    A general view of Buckingham Palace in central London, following the Trooping of the Colour.

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    (Left to right) Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the annual Trooping the Colour parade.