Prince Philip surprises The Queen by travelling to Balmoral after hip surgery

Prince Philip joined The Queen at a church service in Balmoral today just months after he had a hip replacement.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, surprised his wife and other family members with the rare public appearance at Crathie Kirk church.

It was his first public outing with The Queen, 92, since June.

Prince Philip was snapped in the back of The Queen’s royal Bentley for the short journey from their residence to the historic church in the large estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Zara and Mike Tindall, who welcomed their second daughter Lena on June 18, Camilla, and Prince Edward were among the other Royals present today.

It is understood Prince Philip has been enjoying fishing in the River Dee during his summer stay at Balmoral .

He has also been deer stalking and reportedly enjoying picnics and barbecues in the grounds.

Prince Philip had his hip replacement in King Edward VII Hospital in London earlier this year.

He retired aged 96 last year, having carried out more than 22,000 public engagements.

It made Prince Philip one of the busiest Royals.

Speaking to ITV in 2016, Princess Eugenie said her grandmother is "most happy" at Balmoral.

She said: "I think Granny is the most happy there.

"I think she really, really loves the Highlands…walks, picnics, dogs, a lot of dogs, there’s always dogs, and people coming in and out all the time.

"Family-wise we’re all there, so it’s a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa to be – for us to come and see them up there where you just have room to breathe and run."

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The monarch has been visiting Balmoral since she was a child.

In 2017, The Queen departed for Balmoral in mid July and did not end her annual holiday until the first week in October.

Balmoral is said to be her favourite home and cost Prince Albert £32,000 in 1852.

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