Prince Philip admitted to hospital as ‘precautionary measure,’ Buckingham Palace says


Britain’s 99-year-old Prince Philip has been admitted to a London hospital as a precautionary measure, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday.

The palace said the husband of Queen Elizabeth II was admitted to the private hospital on Tuesday evening.

It called the admission “a precautionary measure” taken on the advice of Philip’s doctor. The palace said Philip is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days of “observation and rest.”

A royal source told Reuters that Philip does not have a COVID-19-related illness, and he walked into hospital unaided.

Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, retired from public duties in 2017 and rarely appears in public.

During England’s current coronavirus lockdown, he has been staying at Windsor Castle, west of London, with the Queen.

Philip has had a number of health issues in recent years.

In 2011, he was rushed to a hospital by helicopter after suffering chest pains and was treated for a blocked coronary artery. In 2017, he spent two nights in the King Edward VII Hospital and was hospitalized for 10 days in 2018 for a hip replacement.

Philip was last hospitalized in December 2019, spending four nights in the King Edward VII Hospital for what the palace said was planned treatment of a pre-existing condition.

He was forced to give up driving at the age of 97, after smashing into a car while driving a Land Rover near Sandringham estate in January 2019. Philip needed help to get out of the Land Rover but wasn’t injured. A woman in the other vehicle suffered a broken wrist.

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