Prince Philip leaves hospital after a month – BBC News

uh we're taking you to the king edward the seventh hospital in central london where the duke of edinburgh is leaving after 28 nights in hospital and our reporter helena wilkinson is there helena what can you tell us yes victoria um in the last couple of moments or so um a car has or is leaving right now from this hospital in central london where the duke of edinburgh has spent the last months now we haven't seen him in the car but there has been a huge police presence here just after nine o'clock police outriders arrived here at the hospital there have been police officers dotted around at various corners on the streets in the host around the hospital what we saw in the last half an hour or so down the muse which is a rear entrance to the hospital which is where the prince philip was taken in when he arrived here a month ago there were some screens that were put up uh to obscure the view because as you uh can well imagine a huge number of photographers uh waiting to see if they can get a glimpse of prince philip leaving the hospital he wasn't seen as far as we know beyond those screens so whether he was taken into the car in a wheelchair perhaps that we don't know at this stage and i think we can expect a statement from the palace at some stage uh in the next hour or so um the expectation is that it if it is the duke who has left the hospital he will be going back to windsor castle which is where uh he has been isolating with the queen for the past year or so but in the last couple of minutes or so we have seen a car leaving the hospital i i think we can assume it would have been the duke of edinburgh given the increased police presence here at the hospital and those screens going up to stop photographers getting a glimpse of prince philip but we haven't had any formal confirmation from the palace i think if he does go back to windsor castle which is the expectation and i think once he arrives back there then i think perhaps we'll get some kind of confirmation from buckingham palace but the duke of edinburgh has spent a month here at the hospital you'll remember that he went in on the 16th of february he originally went in as a precaution because he was feeling a little unwell we were told he was brought here to the hospital for tests he was expected initially to stay for a couple of days but that extended and he was then we were told the following week been treated for an infection he then was transferred to a specialist nhs cardiac hospital which had an ex excellent cardiac department sent some bartholomews and that's where the duke of edinburgh had a successful procedure to do with a pre-existing heart condition and he was also continued to be treated for an infection after that he was brought back here to the king edward the seventh hospital here in central london again we were told he was only going to be staying for a number of days but that um extended somewhat but we now in the last couple of minutes also understand that the duke of edinburgh has left king edward the seventh hospital here in central london after spending a month here expected to go back to windsor castle where the queen is where they have been isolating for the past year but again just to stress we haven't had official confirmation from uh the palace yet okay thank you very much helena let's talk to our royal correspondent nicolas switzer so we haven't actually seen him in the car leaving but would one assume that that was him leaving it and his treatment has been successful i think we can assume that that was him it is not as helena has been saying it has not been confirmed by buckingham palace and i'm sure it will be half an hour or so until they get him safely back to windsor castle before they confirm that but all the evidence of the special escort bikers police outriders the royal vehicles the fact that a screen was put up and you could just see the top of a head rather slowly going across into one of those vehicles which then departed from the hospital and yes i think it is reassuring news he is clearly well enough now after 28 nights in hospital since his admission on the 16th of february as helena was saying went in originally feeling unwell on the advice of his doctors four nights of course at bart's hospital for this unspecified surgical procedure uh treatment for an unspecified pre-existing heart condition we know no more than that other than that at one stage he was said to be suffering from an infection whatever it is uh that has occurred would evidently appear to have been successful and he is we think not confirmed but we think now on his way back to windsor where in just about 12 weeks he will celebrate his 100th birthday that's right in june and the queen has not seen him face to face for a month prince charles was the only visitor that's right yeah and the queen has carried on and i think the important thing is that at no stage has there been any sense of serious concern or alarm there will have been concern because he is so close to his 100th birthday and clearly somebody that age going into hospital that will always be a matter of concern but there has never been any outward sign of of sharp concern of concern that this might uh uh result in a decline in in his health a serious decline so yes as we think is as we have been saying this we think is the car uh into which the duke of edinburgh stepped uh from the hospital just a few moments ago and one must assume that uh that vehicle is now on its way to windsor uh to windsor castle where the queen has been throughout these 28 days since he was first admitted on on as i was saying the 16th of february there you just a glimpse of one of the motorcycle outriders

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