Prince Philip Leaves Hospital After Treatment

Third visit in 8 months
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 20, 2012 6:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – Britain's Prince Philip left a Scottish hospital today after five days of treatment for a bladder infection. The 91-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II was hospitalized Wednesday with a recurrence of an infection he suffered earlier this summer. Buckingham Palace said Philip was returning to the nearby Balmoral estate, where the royal family is on vacation. The prince, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, looked relaxed as he shook hands with staff outside the hospital before getting into a waiting Range Rover.

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"The duke was a very good patient," said a nurse, "and as he left the hospital he told staff to behave themselves and he said he was going back to enjoy the rest of his holiday." It was Philip's third hospital stay in the last eight months. He was hospitalized for five days in June with a bladder infection that may have been aggravated by his appearance at a flotilla marking the queen's 60-year reign. (Read more Prince Philip stories.)

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