Prince Philip back in public in Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh waves to crowds as he leaves the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Picture: Andrew Milligan  PA

The Duke of Edinburgh waves to crowds as he leaves the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Picture: Andrew Milligan PA

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PRINCE Philip was in Edinburgh today as he carried out his first official engagement in nearly two months, saying it was a “great pleasure to be back in circulation”.

It is the first time he has been seen in public following an operation and period of convalescence.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 92, handed out medals at the Royal Society of Edinburgh to Professor Sir John Cadogan, Professor Michael Ferguson and Sir Ian Wood.

The Duke has been an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 1951.

The Queen is the patron of the society while the Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal are Honorary Fellows like the Duke.

Following abdominal investigations, the Duke was admitted to the London Clinic on June 6 for a pre-arranged operation which was carried out the next day.

He was discharged 11 days later when he was said to be in ‘’good condition and good spirits’’, and has been recuperating.

The Duke spoke as he made a spontaneous address to the audience in the RSE’s Wolfson Lecture Theatre.

He told the gathering he wanted to “add my congratulations to the medal winners”.

He added: “It’s now quite a long list since I’ve been doing this.

“But it’s a great pleasure to be back in circulation again.”

Referring to the medal-winners, the Duke joked: “I wish to God I could understand what they’d been doing!”

His comments were greeted with laughter and applause from the audience.

The Duke, who wore a dark blue suit and red patterned tie for the occasion, appeared relaxed and happy throughout the event.