Prince Philip health latest: Why is the Duke of Edinburgh in the hospital?
PRINCE Philip has been admitted to hospital and will have planned surgery tomorrow, but why has he been sent to the hospital and how ill is the Duke of Edinburgh?
The 96-year-old husband of the Queen has been admitted to hospital and will have planned surgery on his hip on Wednesday, Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday.
A spokeswoman said: “His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow.”
The duke retired from public royal duties last August, although it was said he would attend some events from “time to time.”
Last June, he spent two days in the hospital as a precautionary measure, following an infection caused by a pre-existing condition.
Prince Philip has missed a series of events in recent days, the duke was notably absent from the Easter Sunday Mass service held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The Queen attended the service with other members of the royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Last year, the Duke attended the Easter church service in Windsor with the Queen, but it is understood he was not due to attend the service this year.
He also failed to attend the annual Maundy service, also held at St George’s Chapel, on March 29 where the Queen hands out Maundy money to pensioners, usually accompanied by her husband.
It is understood he took the decision not to take part because of the trouble he had been experiencing with his hip.
Although his name was printed in the Order of Service, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said it was printed “weeks ago when it was hoped the Duke would be able to take part.”
Last week, Prince Philip had hoped to attend a ceremony with the Queen at Windsor Castle to formally hand over his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards to his son, Prince Andrew – the duke had been Colonel of the Grenadier Guards since 1975.
However, he was forced to cancel his appearance as he was “feeling under the weather.”
Before he took a step back from his royal commitments, Prince Philip had attended 22, 219 solo engagements since his royal career began in 1952.
When it was announced last year he would be retiring from official engagements, Buckingham Palace stressed the decision was not health-related and he had the full support of the Queen.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK