Britain's Prince Philip, 99, hospitalized

Britain's Prince Philip, 99, hospitalized

Prince Philip spent a second night in hospital after being taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London as a "precautionary measure" on February 16.

As a precaution, Philip and his 94-year-old wife, Queen Elizabeth II, were vaccinated in early January, receiving their shots at Windsor Castle west of London, where they have stayed during the lockdown.

In a brief statement, Buckingham Palace said: "His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London, on Tuesday evening".

"The Duke's admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness's Doctor, after feeling unwell", the statement continues.

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The queen remains at Windsor, the source said.

And it's because Prince Philip is just a few months away from his 100th birthday that this hospital admission can not be taken too lightly, despite what the Palace aides are advising.

His admission was "a precautionary measure" on the advice of a palace doctor.

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The Duke was taken to hospital by vehicle and walked in unaided.

Prince Philip retired from public duties in 2017 at the age of 96 following a two-night hospitalisation for an infection. They had spent a few weeks apart in October when Philip stayed at Wood Farm on her estate in Norfolk while the Queen went to Windsor Castle.

So the medics inside the private King Edward VII hospital will be keeping a very close watch on the man, who is the longest serving consort in British history.

Queen Elizabeth II's husband was last hospitalized in a London hospital in December 2019 for a pre-existing condition.

Before that, he spent 10 days in hospital following a scheduled hip replacement.

The Duke underwent exploratory surgery on his abdomen in June 2013 and he began to use hearing aids by 2014, aged 93.

He was said to be "disappointed" that he would miss the remainder of the celebrations, which culminated with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral and a carriage procession through the capital.

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