Britain’s 99-year-old Prince Philip Husband of Queen Elizabeth II has been admitted to a London hospital after feeling unwell, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday. The palace said that Prince Philip was admitted to the private King Edward VII Hospital on Tuesday evening. The admission is “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.”
Prince Philip is a former naval officer and keen polo player, Philip enjoyed good health well into old age but 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 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. Prince 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.
During England’s current coronavirus lockdown, he has been staying at Windsor Castle, west of London, with the queen. Philip married Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and is the longest-serving royal consort in British history. He and Queen Elizabeth are blessed with four children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. At the age of 97, the prince had met with a car accident even though he was saved without injuries he was forced to give up driving.