Royal watchers were quite concerned when Prince Philip was admitted to hospital on Dec. 20, the same day the Queen headed to Sandringham to begin her Christmas holidays. Luckily, the Duke of Edinburgh was released from hospital on Christmas Eve, just in time to head to the estate to spend the holiday with his family.
On Dec. 28, Prince Charles joined Her Majesty, Princess Anne and the Countess of Wessex for Sunday church service at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene at Sandringham and let royals fans know how his father is doing.
Around 1,500 people were waiting to greet the royals outside the church, according to Daily Express, and when one of them asked him how Philip was, Charles reportedly smiled very wide and said, “Much better.”
When Philip was in hospital just before Christmas, Charles was also asked about his father by a well-wisher in South Yorkshire. He said his 98-year-old dad was being “looked after very well” and then joked, “When you get to that age, things don’t work so well!”
At the time of Philip's hospitalization, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying it was part of a planned trip and was not an emergency visit.
“The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’s doctor,” the statement said.
In the past, Philip has been hospitalized for health concerns such as abdominal surgery, bladder infections and a blocked coronary artery. In April 2018, he underwent hip replacement surgery and recovered well. The reason for his most recent hospitalization is not known.