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Prince Philip Taken To Hospital

The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to hospital yesterday evening after falling ill at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace announces.

FEBRUARY 17th, 2021

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rince Philip has been admitted to hospital after falling ill at Windsor Castle. The 99-year-old was taken to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on the advice of his doctor as a “precautionary” measure. The Duke will remain in hospital for the next few days for “observation.”

The news comes after the Queen’s husband was driven to the hospital Tuesday evening and it was claimed he walked inside unaided. A source close to Philip also stated that he is “in good spirits” and Buckingham Palace stressed that his illness is not related to COVID-19.

The Queen pictured alongside the Duke on his 99th birthday last year - © Buckingham Palace

A statement released by the Palace said: “His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday evening.

“The Duke’s admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Highness’s Doctor, after feeling unwell.

“The Duke is expected to remain in hospital for a few days of observation and rest.”

After the news broke, a flood of well wishes were posted across social media, including the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who said: “The Prime Minister sends his best wishes to the Duke of Edinburgh as he undergoes a few days of rest in hospital.”

The Duke of Edinburgh was last seen in 2020 in a rare royal engagement in his role as Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles. - © Getty Images

Prince Philip – who will celebrate his 100th birthday later this year in June – has been isolating at Windsor Castle alongside the Queen throughout lockdown and recently received his first COVID-19 vaccine.

The Queen, 94, will remain at Windsor Castle, officials have said.

The Duke of Edinburgh retired from public life in August 2017 after decades of service to the Queen and country and becoming history’s longest serving consort. He briefly returned to royal duties to hand over the military role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall in July 2020.

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