THE DUKE of Edinburgh is in 'good spirits' after a successful hip replacement operation.

Buckingham Palace said the Prince Philip is 'progressing satisfactorily at this early stage' after surgery was carried out at the private King Edward VII's Hospital in London. He is expected to remain in the hospital for further treatment over the next few days.

Prince Philip, 96, missed the Easter Service at Windsor Castle on Sunday this week due to the issues with his hip. He retired from his royal duties last August.

The successful surgery comes ahead of a busy few months of Royal engagements, with the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, due to give birth to her third child, and the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set for May.