The Duke of Edinburgh is driven away in a car after leaving the King Edward VII's Hospital, London, where he has been recovering after heart surgery 160321 CREDIT PA Images Alamy stock images.jpg
Prince Philip

Prince Philip Leaves Hospital After Heart Operation

The Duke of Edinburgh has left hospital after his longest-ever in-patient stay.

The Duke of Edinburgh is driven away in a car after leaving the King Edward VII's Hospital, London, where he has been recovering after heart surgery 160321 CREDIT PA Images Alamy stock images.jpg

The Duke of Edinburgh has left hospital following a month-long stay.

Prince Philip left the private King Edward VII's Hospital in central London in the back of a black BMW on Tuesday morning.

He underwent heart surgery on 3 March, just three months before his 100th birthday.

The Duke, who is the nation's longest-serving consort, has spent 28 nights as an in-patient after first being admitted on 16 February.

This has been his longest-ever hospital stay.

Prince Philip was initially driven by car from Windsor Castle to London's King Edward VII's Hospital after feeling unwell.

Two weeks later he was moved across London by ambulance to St Bartholomew's Hospital.

Close up of The Duke of Edinburgh leaves King Edward VII's Hospital, London, where he had been staying for treatment following his heart surgery at St Bartholomew's Hospital 160321 CREDIT PA Images Alamy.jpg
Prince Philip spent 28 nights in hospital – his longest-ever in-patient stay (Picture: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo).

He had a successful procedure on a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew's on 3 March, before being transferred back to King Edward VII's to recuperate and to continue his treatment.

The Duke was visited in King Edward VII's Hospital on 20 February by his eldest son, the Prince of Wales, who made a 200-mile round trip and stayed for about 30 minutes.

Prince Philip has spent most of the lockdown at Windsor with the Queen, alongside a reduced household of staff, dubbed 'HMS Bubble'.

The couple, who have been married for 73 years, received their first COVID-19 jabs in January.

The Duke of Edinburgh has had a life-long connection to the British military, including serving in the Second World War with the Royal Navy and being present in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered.

At the start of the year, he gave his approval to a motto adopted by HMS Magpie, one of the Royal Navy's smallest ships.

In 2020, Prince Philip handed over his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall during a rare public appearance.

Cover image: The Duke of Edinburgh left the hospital on Tuesday (Picture: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo).