Prince Philip, 99, breaks silence after arriving at Windsor Castle following longest ever stay in hospital

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Prince Philip has broken his silence after arriving at Windsor Castle to be with the Queen following his longest ever stay in hospital.

The 99 year old royal thanked medical staff for caring for him and treating him for an infection and a pre-existing heart condition.

Buckingham Palace released a statement, which stated that he had returned "following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition".

It continued: "His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him at both King Edward VII’s Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and everyone who has sent their good wishes."

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Prince Philip left hospital earlier today 16 March, walking out and going into a BMW before heading back to join Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 94.

He wore a plain white shirt under a yellow v-neck jumper and appeared to be a in a chipper mood.

The royal was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital on 16 February with the intention of staying there "for a few days".

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He was then moved to St Bartholomew's Hospital in the City of London ambulance do undergo a medical procedure, which was "successful".

At the time, Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew's Hospital.

"His Royal Highness will remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days."

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ITV News' royal editor Chris Ship wrote to his 77,000 Twitter followers shortly after the news broke: "It's possible Prince Philip had a stent fitted which was one of the predictions from experts when the Duke was moved to the cardiac specialist @BartsHospital on Monday.

"He had a stent fitted in 2011 following a blocked coronary artery."

During his stay in hospital, Prince Philip was visited by several members of the Royal Family including his son Prince Charles. The 72 year old went to visit him upon his personal request to discuss the Royal Family's future, an inside source revealed.

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In an interview on True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat, Dickie Arbiter explained that Prince Philip was likely concerned about the future of the Royal Family.

Explaining on the show, he said: “I think it was at the request of the Duke that the Prince of Wales visited. To lay the ground. Look the man is 99, he is in with an infection. My guess is that he will come out, he will walk out and he will go back to Windsor.

"But eventually he is going to die and he was just saying to Charles, ‘one day you are going to be the leading man of the family.’"

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