Prince Philip: British royal spends 92nd birthday in hospital after surgery

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LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip, spending his 92nd birthday in the hospital, will need two months of convalescence to recover from abdominal surgery, palace officials said Monday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband is “comfortable and in good spirits,” Buckingham Palace officials said in a brief statement. Details of his condition were not released.

He is expected to stay in a London hospital for about two weeks before going into convalescence. The palace said the queen is expected to visit him there Monday evening.

The royal couple’s youngest son, Prince Edward, was the first member of the family to pay a visit. After spending 20 minutes at his father’s bedside Monday, Edward told reporters outside the hospital that his father was doing well.

Officials say he is “progressing satisfactorily” after the exploratory surgery on Friday at the private London clinic. Results of various tests are expected this week, but it is not clear if the diagnosis will be made public.

Philip has suffered heart and bladder problems in the past, but he appeared well when he last was seen in public at a Buckingham Palace garden party Thursday.

His birthday was celebrated officially by two extended gun salutes in central London.

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