Princess Anne has described Prince Philip as “on good form” after paying her father a visit in hospital following his hip operation.
The Queen also gave an update telling a well-wisher in Windsor on Thursday “he said he’s getting on very well” when asked about Prince Philip’s recovery.
The Queen’s comment suggests that although she has not visited her husband – who was spending his tenth day in hospital and is known to prefer no fuss – they have been in contact.
Princess Anne spent 50 minutes at the private King Edward VII hospital in central London with her father, who had the planned surgery last Wednesday to replace his joint with a prosthetic implant.
She is believed to be the first member of the royal family to visit the duke in hospital after his operation.
The Queen’s comment about Prince Philip came during a brief walkabout after a visit to the King George VI Day Centre in Windsor to mark the 60th anniversary of her opening the building.
At the time of the operation Buckingham Palace said the surgery to replace the joint had been a success and Prince Philip was “comfortable and in good spirits”.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is on May 19 and the major family occasion is likely to be the first public appearance by the Queen’s consort.
Prince Philip had suffered from hip pain in the weeks before his surgery.
He missed a number of family events before his admission to hospital, including an Easter church service with the Queen and other members of the royal family.
Prince Philip was an avid sportsman for many years and saw active duty in the Royal Navy during World War II.
He has supported many charities, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which he founded in 1956.
The charity has been active in more than 100 countries and has helped thousands of young people.
Prince Philip announced his retirement from royal duties in May and curtailed most of his charity work, although he still accompanies the Queen on occasion.
He has carried out some 22,000 solo royal engagements since Queen Elizabeth was crowned in 1952.
They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Queen Elizabeth, usually so guarded with her personal emotions, has publicly called him the rock that she depends on.
Prince Philip has suffered from heart disease and other ailments in recent years.