This year has certainly had its ups and downs for the royal family. It started out wonderfully with the preparation of two major family milestones: the birth of a child and a wedding. Undoubtedly, these were highly anticipated events not only for the royal family but well-wishers across the globe.
Just as things were beginning to ramp up, Prince Philip had to undergo a rather serious hip replacement surgery. At the ripe age of 96, that is quite an undertaking. He’s always been one to be extremely tough and strong-willed, so he was certain he would make a fast recovery.
Without a doubt, despite the calm, cool, and collected appearance Queen Elizabeth continues to wear, she was concerned for her husband. Would he be able to bounce back and make a full recovery?
It was a great relief when news broke about his successful surgery. Because of his age, it did take a bit more recovery time than we all had originally thought. He valiantly fought through, though, and gained enough strength to attend the wedding of his beloved grandson, Harry.
He tried to wear a brave face despite the pain he was feeling and little did we all know, he was hiding more than we even realized. Days before the wedding occurred, the Duke of Edinburgh decided that he was strong enough to continue on without the aid of his crutches.
Little did he know the accident that would soon follow that brave decision. He went to take a bath, and during this time, slipped and sustained a severe rib injury. It definitely was a grand cause for concern, and many in the palace wondered if he would be able to attend the royal wedding after all.
A royal insider elaborated on the subject: “The Duke is not a fan of showering and prefers to bathe. But he’s a determined man, and nothing was going to stop him attending nor would he take any kind of walking aid.”
Many were in awe to see the Duke walk without crutches, but would have been doubly so had they known the newest injury he was nursing. Another source commented on his bravery in pushing through the difficulty: “I take my hat off to him. He is clearly a very resolute gentleman who will not stop doing what he needs to do.”
The source continued: “Fractured ribs tend to be quite painful. It’s very rare for a fractured rib not to cause pain - even a tiny fracture. Because your ribs move when you breathe, every breath can be painful. Painkillers are often not very effective, but it is possible to have a local anesthetic injected into the area to deaden the pain temporarily.”
Prince Harry was likely overcome with emotion to see his dear grandfather in attendance in spite of his excruciating pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Duke as he makes his recovery.