Prince Philip leaves hospital after four-night stay for undisclosed condition

The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, left King Edward VII Hospital in London around 8:50 a.m. (3:50 a.m. ET) on Tuesday morning, where he was seen walking to a green Range Rover and sitting in the passenger seat. He returned immediately to the Queen’s country estate, Sandringham, where the royal family traditionally spend Christmas.

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“The Duke of Edinburgh has today left hospital after being discharged by his doctor and is now back at Sandringham,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “His Royal Highness would like to thank everyone who sent their good wishes.

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The Queen’s husband was hospitalized Friday for “observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition.”The admission was a “precautionary measure” on the advice of the duke’s doctor, Buckingham Palace said in a brief statement on Friday.

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While the hospital stay prompted concern, a royal source told CNN that Philip had not been taken to the hospital in an ambulance and had walked into the building.

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Philip retired from public life in 2017 and is rarely seen in public. He is believed to spend most of at Sandringham.

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The monarch traditionally celebrates the festive season with members of the royal family at the country estate in rural Norfolk, about 100 miles north of London.

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In November, the Queen and her husband marked their 72nd wedding anniversary. Although he no longer carries out engagements, Philip remains patron, president or a member of more than 780 organizations.

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