The annual Royal Windsor Horse Show is one of Queen Elizabeth’s favorite events, so it’s no surprise that she was there, every day, watching and admiring the equine specimens that were competing for the various awards. Undaunted by having to attend the event without her husband, Prince Philip, she took in all the excitement, solo, even though he has joined her on numerous occasions in the past.
This year is different, of course, as her beloved husband has been laid low with hip troubles, culminating in a hip replacement surgery at the beginning of April.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s recovery has been slow, but steady - at least as far as the general public is concerned. But, we have been a bit troubled by the lack of updates on his recovery. First, he spent 11 days in the hospital, for a procedure that usually requires a one-to-three day stay. Then, when he was finally released, he went home, never to be heard from again. Until now, that is.
That is why it was such good news to see that he had finally ventured forth and we are dying to know the details.
Prince Philip made his first public appearance since his April 4th hip replacement surgery, giving hope to those who have been gravely concerned about his health. News has been sporadic - nearly nonexistent - and we have been left to speculate on what is going on with the Duke of Edinburgh and his recovery from the major operation.
But there he was, present for a few minutes on the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which his wife, Queen Elizabeth II had been attending all week. The Prince Consort was driven to the grounds of Windsor Castle (where the equine event took place) and he sat in the back seat of the car - never emerging from inside - gazing through the window at the activities going on around him.
Then, when his beloved bride approached the car, the Duke rolled down his window and had a few words with her, managing to put a smile on the 92-year-old Monarch’s face. It seemed as if she wasn’t expecting him to show up and, when he did, it just made her day!
According to Express, the Duke of Edinburgh looked “cheerful and chatty, apparently confirming the positive words shared by Buckingham Palace on his recovery.”
If you’ll recall, shortly after the Duke underwent the procedure on April 5th, the Palace issued a couple of succinct statements. Although vague, the positive words were a welcomed gift.
"The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation.
"He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage.
"His Royal Highness is likely to remain in hospital for several days.
"He is comfortable and in good spirits."
And that was it! Until - April 13th, that is - almost 11 days later - when we saw the Duke of Edinburgh being driven away from King Edward VII Hospital in London to continue his recovery at home.
Fast forward 28 days until May 11th, the next time we hear ANYTHING about the Queen’s husband and his health. And, to be honest with you, it wasn’t the “big reveal” we were hoping for. Looking frail, with dark circles under his eyes, the Duke seemed weakened by the mere task of sitting in the car. I hope that doesn’t mean he is in a lot of pain.
Now, the big question remains, "Will Prince Philip be well enough to attend his grandson, Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19th?" From the looks of the Duke today, it seems unlikely, although the Palace refuses to confirm or deny it.
As with just about everything else to do with the royal wedding, we'll just have to wait and see. One thing is for certain, if he does manage to come, it will make his grandson's day!!
To see the happy day when Prince Philip finally was able to leave the hospital after his surgery, watch the video, below.