Prince Philip, 96, has been admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London on June 20, Tuesday, Buckingham Palace has announced. The Duke of Edinburgh, who was recently seen performing his public duties and accompanying the Queen at the Trooping of the Colour last weekend, was admitted “as a precautionary measure,” as he is being treated for an infection from a pre-existing condition, reports the BBC.
The hospital trip comes shortly after he had announced his retirement from royal duties effective this August. Given his condition, he would have to miss the Queen’s Speech to Parliament today.
Over the course of the past few years, the Prince’s health had been waning and this isn’t his first health scare. In the winter of 2011, he had received treatment for a blocked coronary artery, although he was discharged four days later. Some months later, he had been
Despite this, the Queen continued to carry out her royal engagements with Prince Charles in his father’s stead. The pair had attended the State Opening of Parliament for her speech. Watch a clip below:
News updates confirm that Prince Philip is in “good spirits” after being admitted to the hospital.