The Queen puts on brave face for Prince Philip after health scare
The Queen put on a brave face and did her duty for Britain as Prince Philip was last night treated in hospital for an infection.
Despite concerns for her 96-year-old husband, Her Majesty was steadfast as she opened Parliament, then dashed to Windsor Castle to host a lunch for guests before heading to Royal Ascot in the afternoon.
Philip, who spent a second night at King Edward VII hospital in London, had been due to join the Queen at all three events.
Buckingham Palace declined to specify what was wrong with him but a spokeswoman said last night: “The Duke of Edinburgh continues to be in good spirits.”
The Queen remained unfazed by the burdens of State after weeks of political turmoil, a terrible disaster at Grenfell Tower and the shock of terrorist attacks on her people.
She sent Prince Charles to Finsbury Park, north London, bearing a personal message to the Muslim community after a man drove a van into worshippers close to a mosque early on Monday.
Charles said the Queen was “shocked by what happened”.
Asked how his father was, Charles, 68, said: “He’s getting better.”
The Queen has won praise from across the political spectrum for holding the country together and speaking for the nation at a time of uncertainty and disaster.
The Duke of Edinburgh continues to be in good spirits
Buckingham Palace spokeswoman
She was widely praised for her speedy and dignified visit to see relatives of victims and aid volunteer workers after the Grenfell Tower disaster.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who has had spates of bad health in the past few years, was admitted to the hospital at around 7pm on Tuesday.
He is understood to have a recurrence of a bladder infection which laid him low during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
The Daily Express understands the Duke, who shows no enthusiasm for rest or idleness, was up from his hospital bed as early as yesterday morning.
Philip had spent all afternoon at Ascot on Tuesday during the heatwave.
Earlier yesterday a palace spokesman said the Duke’s hospital stay was a “precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition”.
At Parliament the Queen, wearing a delphinium blue coat, floral silk dress, and matching hat all by Angela Kelly, was accompanied by Prince Charles, standing in for his father.
After the Queen’s Speech, Her Majesty was driven back to Buckingham Palace at around midday and from there headed to Windsor to host a traditional pre-Ascot lunch for house guests.
She was joined by Prince Charles and Camilla and several other members of the Royal Family in the carriage procession before watching the racing.
When she arrived at Ascot, she had changed into a buttercup yellow coat by Stewart Parvin and matching Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat, thwarting punters who had seen her blue outfit and hat at Parliament.
Some had bet that she would be wearing the same at the races, believing there would no time for her to change.
Even those who work closely with her have marvelled at her energy, her sense of the proportionate response, and her attention to detail in the past few weeks when dealing with bomb or fire victims.
Last night she was being kept informed about Philip’s condition.
The Duke has faced a number of health scares since entering his 90s.
Abdominal surgery, bladder infections and a blocked coronary artery have all seen him admitted to hospital.
At 92, after an operation on his abdomen in October 2013, he walked unaided on an official visit to a care home.
He was older than many of the residents.
In his 80s he continued to compete in carriage driving competitions, and most of his ailments and injuries have been sports related.
Philip suffers from arthritis in his right wrist, and broke a bone in his ankle playing polo.
He also developed synovitis, a rheumatic condition of the tendon in the hand, after a polo fall.
His arthritic wrist forced him to give up polo in 1971 – the year of his 50th birthday – after which he decided to take up horse-carriage driving.
Now 96, the Duke is an advocate of healthy eating combined with exercise.
He drinks moderately, takes the stairs rather than lifts, and still fits the uniform he wore on his wedding day.
He told a flu expert at a research centre last year that he had not had the illness for 40 years.
When the Duke was in his 70s one of the Queen’s former physicians described him as “astonishingly fit for a man of his age”.
When he turned 82, the Palace denied claims he had prostate cancer.
Those who suggested he was in poor health were given short shrift.
“Do I look bloody ill?” he shouted.
In October 2011 the Duke pulled out of an overnight stay in Italy because of a cold.
Just weeks later the Duke was taken to hospital by helicopter from Sandringham after suffering chest pains as the Royal Family were preparing for Christmas.
He was treated for a blocked coronary artery and spent Christmas Day and Boxing Day in hospital.
In the midst of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 2012, the Duke fell ill with the bladder infection.
He was discharged from hospital the day before his 91st birthday.
Asked if he was feeling better as he was leaving, he quipped: “Well, I wouldn’t be coming out if I wasn’t.”
In August 2012 he spent five nights at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, again for a bladder infection. Both the Queen and the Duke fell ill with heavy colds before Christmas in 2016.
But while the Queen was not well enough to attend the Christmas Day church service nor the New Year’s Day one, Philip went to both.
Last weekend the Duke joined the Queen at the Trooping the Colour.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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