Philip to miss Queen’s Holyrood week for first time

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PRINCE Philip is expected to miss the Queen’s annual trip to Edinburgh for the first time.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who is 92, left hospital last week after exploratory abdominal surgery.

But it is understood he has been advised not to make the usual summer trip north. Instead, Prince Edward will accompany the Queen for Holyrood week, which starts on July 2.

If he is also advised not to travel to Balmoral for the Royal couple’s annual stay in August, it is thought the Queen may postpone her visit until he recovers.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke of Edinburgh is progressing according to plans.

“He is comfortable and in good spirits.”

Prince Edward, 49, will be at the Queen’s side for a garden party at the Palace of Holyrood house for 8000 people on July 2.

And he is expected to carry out a number of solo engagements during the week, including a dinner for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.