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Media captionPrince Philip was watched leaving the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Tuesday morning

The Duke of Edinburgh has returned to Sandringham in time for Christmas after four nights in hospital.

Prince Philip, 98, was taken to the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Friday on the relevant recommendations of his doctor.

Buckingham Palace said the duke had returned to the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk on Tuesday and thanked people for “their good wishes”.

It comes after the revelation the Queen will use her Christmas Day message to acknowledge 2019 has been “bumpy”.

The monarch herself travelled to Sandringham on Friday.

The palace, meanwhile, said the duke’s hospital admission had been a “precautionary measure”.

Prince Philip withdrawing from public life in August 2017 after decades supporting the Queen and attending contests for his own donations and organisations.

His last-place public appearing was Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in May.

Image copyright REUTERS/ Hannah McKay Image caption Buckingham Palace said the admission was a “precautionary measure” in relation to a “pre-existing” condition

The Prince of Wales said on Monday his father had been “looked after very well” by hospital staff.

But Charles, who was visiting flood-hit communities in South Yorkshire, lent: “When you got to get that age things don’t work so well.”

Royal commentator Caroline Aston told the BBC it was “entirely in keeping with the man” for Prince Philip to have seemingly has no such visitors during his hospital stay, because he likes to construct “no fuss about anything”.

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