Duke set for early public return

The Duke of Edinburgh's recovery from hospital treatment for abdominal pains has gone well enough for him to return to public life earlier than expected, with him due to hand out medals at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on Monday August 12.

Duke to head to Balmoral after medal duties

The Duke of Edinburgh will head to the Queen's royal residence at Balmoral after his public engagement at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

He is due to present three Royal Medals at the earlier ceremony, to the following recipients:

  • Professor Sir John Cadogan, the former director of research at BP and President of the Learned Society of Wales
  • Professor Michael Ferguson, Dean of Research for the College of Life Sciences at The University of Dundee
  • Businessman Sir Ian Wood, former chairman of Wood Group Plc.

Prince Philip is then expected stay at Balmoral until October before returning to London.

His time in Scotland could see him meet his great-grandson for the first time after he was unable to join the Queen in meeting Prince George last month.

Read: Queen arrives at Palace to meet great-grandson

Duke making 'good progress' after hospital treatment

The Duke was said to be in "good condition and good spirits" upon leaving the London Clinic in June. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Prince Philip is "continuing to make good progress" following his hospital treatment, a source has said, and is very keen to carry out the engagement in Edinburgh.

The Duke has been an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 1951 - one of his oldest patronages - and has presented Royal Medals on several occasions.

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Duke of Edinburgh to return early to public life

The Duke of Edinburgh's recovery from hospital treatment for abdominal pains has gone well enough for him to return to public life earlier than expected.

The Duke was first admitted to the London Clinic on June 6 and was operated on the next day. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Prince Philip's first official engagement will see him hand out medals at the Royal Society of Edinburgh in the Scottish capital on Monday August 12.

The 92-year-old had planned to take two months to recover from his spell at the London Clinic, after he was discharged on June 17, but will return to public duty just under a week ahead of schedule.

Read: Duke of Edinburgh leaves hospital in good spirits