PRINCE Philip has made his first public appearance since his planned hip replacement operations, peeping outside the car window to gift her wife and Queen with a smile.The Duke of Edinburgh attended the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Friday, more than a month after he went to the King Edward VII Hospital in central London to undergo a hip replacement operation.
During his visit he was spotted sitting in the car and speaking to Queen Elizabeth II, who leaned on the black car that drove the Prince to Windsor Castle, where the event is taking place.
After exchanging a few words with the Queen, the loving Prince, who appears to be wearing a white collared shirt, managed to make his wife smile.
The royal couple were joined at the event by Penny, Countess Mountbatten of Burma.
The Royal Windsor Horse Show is hosted in the private grounds of Windsor Castle and is attended by members of the Royal family.
The Duke, who retired from royal duties last year, was last seen on April 13, when he left the hospital waving to the cheering crowd from the car.
Prince Philip, 96, has missed a series of events in recent weeks, including Easter Sunday Mass and the birth of Prince Louis, third children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Earlier last month he was also due to attend an event at Windsor Castle to mark his son Prince Andrew’s new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
However, he was unable to attend because he was feeling “under the weather”, sparking fears his recovery wasn’t going as well as hope.
But a courtier rushed to reassure the public.
They said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has an issue with his hip which is affecting his mobility.
“There’s no cause for alarm but frankly he’s a proud man and doesn’t want to appear crocked in public.
“He’s not called the Iron Duke for nothing.”
It is still unclear whether the Queen’s husband will be able to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding on May 19.
The royal palace reassured the public over the Prince’s health conditions immediately after the operation.
Buckingham Palace in a statement said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation.
“He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage.
“His Royal Highness is likely to remain in hospital for several days.
“He is comfortable and in good spirits.”