Skip to main content

Prince Philip gets birthday visit from the queen

By CNN Staff
updated 4:19 PM EDT, Mon June 10, 2013
July 1922: Prince Philip of Greece as a toddler. July 1922: Prince Philip of Greece as a toddler.
HIDE CAPTION
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Britain's Prince Philip turned 92 on Monday
  • A palace spokesman said he was doing well after abdominal surgery
  • He's been hospitalized several times recently, including for bladder infections

(CNN) -- Prince Philip received a birthday visit on Monday from his wife, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, as he recovered from abdominal surgery at a London hospital.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said Philip, who turned 92, was "comfortable and in good spirits." The visit lasted about an hour.

The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the hospital on Thursday and is expected to stay there for up to two weeks, according to the palace statement. After that, he likely will convalesce for two months.

The surgery took place Friday, the palace said. It went as planned and Philip is "progressing satisfactorily."

Prince Philip: The man behind the queen

Philip left Greece a year after he was born there, following the 1922 overthrow of his uncle King Constantine I.

Despite his roots, he has a mixed ancestry and, like his wife, is a great-great-grandchild of Britain's Queen Victoria.

A Royal Navy veteran, he met Elizabeth in 1939 and married her in November 1947. They have four children.

In addition to his royal and military duties, Philip has served as president of the World Wildlife Fund and the International Equestrian Foundation.

Philip has had a number of documented health problems in recent years, including treatment for a blocked coronary artery in December 2011 and a hospitalization in June 2012 for a bladder infection.

He was admitted again to a hospital -- this time in Scotland -- for treatment of the latter ailment two months later.

CNN's Max Foster contributed to this report.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 12:46 PM EST, Sun December 21, 2014
The tragic killing of two cops could not have happened at a worse time for a city embroiled in a bitter public battle over police-community relations, Errol Louis says.
updated 10:20 PM EST, Sun December 21, 2014
North Korea warns the United States that U.S. "citadels" will be attacked, dwarfing the hacking attack on Sony that led to the cancellation of a comedy film's release.
updated 9:51 PM EST, Sun December 21, 2014
The gateway to Japan's capital, Tokyo Station, is celebrating its centennial this month -- and it's never looked better.
updated 11:21 AM EST, Sat December 20, 2014
More than 1.7 million children in conflict-torn areas of eastern Ukraine face an "extremely serious" situation, Unicef has warned.
updated 8:22 AM EST, Fri December 19, 2014
Boko Haram's latest abductions may meet a weary global reaction, Nigerian journalist Tolu Ogunlesi says.
updated 5:34 AM EST, Fri December 19, 2014
Drops, smudges, pools of blood are everywhere -- but in the computer room CNN's Nic Robertson reels from the true horror of the Peshawar school attack.
updated 9:43 PM EST, Wed December 17, 2014
The gunman behind the deadly siege in Sydney this week was not on a security watch list, and Australia's Prime Minister wants to know why.
updated 4:48 AM EST, Thu December 18, 2014
Bestselling author Marjorie Liu had set her sights on being a lawyer, but realized it wasn't what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
updated 3:27 PM EST, Tue December 16, 2014
CNN's Matthew Chance looks into an HRW report saying Russia has "legalized discrimination against LGBT people."
updated 9:12 PM EST, Mon December 15, 2014
The Sydney siege has brought home some troubling truths to Australians. They are not immune to what are often called "lone-wolf" terror attacks.
Bill Cosby has kept quiet as sexual assault allegations mounted against him, but his wife, Camille, finally spoke out in defense of her husband.
updated 9:31 AM EST, Fri December 19, 2014
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT