Duke going back to work at age of 92 two months after surgery

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The Duke of Edinburgh has announced his first official engagement, nearly two months since he was last seen in public.

Philip, 92, will travel to Edinburgh next Monday, August 12, where he will hand out medals at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Buckingham Palace said.

The Duke has been recovering at Sandringham Palace after surgery earlier to this year. He was first admitted to the London Clinic on June 6 where a pre-arranged operation was carried out the next day.

The Duke was discharged from the London Clinic 11 days later. At the time, Buckingham Palace said he planned to take a period of convalescence of around two months.

Philip has been an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 1951 – one of his oldest patronages – and has presented Royal Medals several times previously, as well as being involved in other engagements in the past.

Afterwards he will go to Balmoral, the Queen’s private estate in the Scottish highlands. where he is expected to stay until October before returning to London.

A source said Philip was “continuing to make good progress” and wanted to carry out the engagement in Edinburgh as he had been committed to it for a long time.

It is believed the Duke is yet to meet his latest great-grandchild, Prince George of Cambridge, who was born on July 22. The Duchess of Cambridge is thought to be with her newborn at her parents’ home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, where some other members of the royal family have visited.

The Duke of Cambridge made his first public appearance since the birth at a charity polo match at Ascot on Saturday.

William took a break from parenting duties to play in the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park, alongside brother Harry, admitting he would be picking nappies up on his way home.

The 31-year-old, who scored the winning goal for his team, was presented with a mini polo stick for Prince George by Audi UK director Martin Sander after the match.

William jokingly asked if it was nappies, quipping: “I’ve got to pick some up on my way home.”

The royal admitted it was “good to get out of the house” for an afternoon.