Duke of Edinburgh was in ‘perfect spirits’

IN HOSPITAL Prince Philip
IN HOSPITAL Prince Philip

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A PORTSMOUTH man said the Duke of Edinburgh was in ‘perfect spirits’ when he saw him at the Buckingham Palace garden party.

Paul Rolfe, 34, of Queen Street, Portsea, was picked to go to yesterday’s party, which was held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

After the event, Prince Philip, attended the London Clinic by previous appointment for an exploratory operation to be carried out under general anaesthetic.

Paul is head of technology and innovation at Highbury College, in Cosham, and carries out voluntary work in the field.

For this reason he was put forward to attend the garden party.

He said: ‘I went to the palace and it was fantastic. We had tea and sandwiches on the lawn.

‘Then at 4pm everyone formed two lines to greet the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

‘He looked in perfect spirits, and so was the Queen.

‘He didn’t look unwell and I was surprised to hear he went to hospital afterwards.’

The Duke, who will turn 92 on Monday, is expected to be in hospital for about two weeks.