Prince Philip in hospital for hip surgery

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Prince Philip will undergo surgery after experiencing trouble with his hip, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday.

The palace said in a statement that the hospital admission and surgery were planned ahead of time.

The Duke retired from 65 years of public service in August last year.

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This isn't the first time Prince Philip has experienced health issues. "That's more important than someone's chronological age".

King Edward VII is the private hospital of choice for the royal family and has been treating members of the monarchy for decades.

FILE PHOTO: Police officers stand outside King Edward VII hospital where Britain's Prince Philip is receiving treatment, London, June 21, 2017.

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The palace has not confirmed whether his ongoing hip issues were the reason that the prince the opportunity to formally hand his role over to his son, a change in leadership that actually took place at the end of 2017. Queen Elizabeth II, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were among the royals who attended Easter services together.

In June a year ago, Prince Philip was admitted to a hospital for two days as a "precautionary measure" for the treatment of an undisclosed infection.

Born in Greece in 1921, Philip was a child of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, a Greek-Danish royal family.

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A stray remark about "slitty eyes" during a visit to China in the 1980s became symbolic of his gruff and often unguarded manner, which contrasted sharply with the warmer image of the queen and other British royals.