London - Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip is
"comfortable" as he recovers from exploratory abdominal surgery in a
London hospital, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.
The 91-year-old had surgery at the private London Clinic in
Harley Street on Friday following tests earlier in the week, and was said by
the palace to be "progressing satisfactorily".
The results are now being analysed, and the duke of
Edinburgh is likely to stay in hospital for up to two weeks.
The queen, 87, is spending the weekend at Windsor Castle,
and is being kept fully informed of her husband's progress.
The monarch was asked about the duke's health when she
toured the BBC's refurbished headquarters in London at a pre-planned engagement
on Friday morning, but typically gave little away.
John Humphrys, one of the BBC's top presenters, asked how
Prince Philip was. She replied: "I don't know."
The broadcaster said he had looked well at a Buckingham
Palace garden party just before entering hospital on Thursday evening, and the
monarch stated: "That's because he's not ill."
The queen and Philip have been married since 1947, and she
once described him as "my strength and stay all these years".
Palace aides insist Philip is generally in good health and
noted he walked into the hospital unaided, but his fourth admission in two
years has sparked concerns.
He was admitted to hospital twice last summer for a bladder
infection, missing the last event of the queen's diamond jubilee celebrations
in June as a result. He also spent Christmas 2011 in hospital after being
rushed to hospital with a blocked coronary artery, which required surgery.