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Prince Philip spends 92nd birthday in hospital

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  • Prince Philip, the husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London Thursday. Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II's husband was later admitted to a London hospital for an exploratory operation. The palace said the operation on 91-year-old Prince Philip will come after "abdominal investigations," but did not elaborate.

      Prince Philip, the husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London Thursday. Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II's husband was later admitted to a London hospital for an exploratory operation. The palace said the operation on 91-year-old Prince Philip will come after "abdominal investigations," but did not elaborate.
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LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth II visited her husband, Prince Philip, at a London hospital on Monday, where he was spending his 92nd birthday recovering from abdominal surgery.

Philip was "comfortable and in good spirits," Buckingham Palace officials said, but he will need about two months of convalescence following the surgery. Details of his condition were not released.

The queen spent about half an hour at the London Clinic in central London.

Earlier Monday, Philip's son, Prince Edward, made a similar visit. Afterward, Edward told reporters outside the hospital that his father was doing well.

Officials said Philip is expected to be hospitalized for about two weeks before going into convalescence.

They said the royal is "progressing satisfactorily" after the exploratory surgery at the clinic on Friday. 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 was last seen in public at a Buckingham Palace garden party Thursday.

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

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