Prince Philip Taken By Ambulance To New Hospital

Carla Harmon
March 3, 2021

The Duke of Edinburgh, who will turn 100 in June, was taken by vehicle from Windsor, England, to the King Edward VII Hospital in London on February 17 for what the palace initially described as a "precautionary measure" after Philip reported feeling unwell.

Prince Philip was transferred Monday to a specialized London heart hospital to undergo testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition as he continues treatment for an unspecified infection, Buckingham Palace said.

Prince Philip, a former naval officer, was treated at the same hospital in August 2012 after a recurrence of a bladder infection that laid him low during the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations.

The duke is responding to treatment and "remains comfortable", it added.

The following day, on 23 February, Buckingham Palace said Philip was being treated for an infection and was not expected to leave hospital for several days.

The Duke also previously spent 11 days in hospital in June 2013 after an operation on his abdomen, a stay which included his 92nd birthday.

The royal expert further said that most of Prince Philip's friends have already passed away, as well as his staff.

Asked whether Philip was frustrated to be in hospital, Edward laughed and replied: "Just a bit".

The Queen's husband, 99, was taken ill in London last week and has now been transferred from King Edward VII's Hospital to St Bartholomew's Hospital to continue his treatment.

Sources have said that Philip's doctor was "acting with an abundance of caution".

The Duke of Edinburgh retired from his royal public duties in 2017 and rarely appears in public.

Prince Philip's youngest son, Prince Edward, told the UK's Sky News recently that his father was doing "a lot better" and was looking forward to returning home.

"So we keep our fingers crossed", he said.

They have both received their first dose of the COVID vaccine, and the Duke's illness is not related to the virus. "I think it affects all of us, and then you can only look at the clock so many times and the walls are very interesting". During England's current coronavirus lockdown, he and the queen had been staying at Windsor Castle, west of London.

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