Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, was hospitalized on Tuesday night, Buckingham Palace has announced, adding that the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh had been taken to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London for observation. “The duke’s admission is a precautionary measure on the advice of His Royal Highness’s doctor, after feeling unwell,” the palace said in a statement. “The duke is expected to remain in hospital for a few days of observation and rest.”
Though Philip’s health has generally been good, he has been hospitalized a few times over recent years. In 2017, Philip missed Royal Ascot because he was ill with a bladder infection and in 2018 he spent 10 days at King Edward’s following hip surgery. His last hospitalization came in December 2019, when he was admitted for a pre-existing condition a few days before Christmas.
The prince retired from his royal duties at the age of 96 in August 2017 and spent most of his time living at Sandringham’s Wood Farm Cottage, until the pandemic, when he traveled to Windsor Palace to isolate with the queen. Though his public appearances have been rare over the last few years, in 2020 he appeared in a series of official photos celebrating his birthday, the wedding of Princess Beatrice, and his 73rd wedding anniversary. In July, he appeared at a Windsor Castle engagement where he officially handed off his role as the Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Philip’s hospitalization comes four months before his 100th birthday on June 10. Though the prince is reportedly “a rather reluctant celebrant,” it will be celebrated with a bank holiday and a photo exhibition.
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