Husband of Queen Elizabeth – Prince Philip -The Duke of Edinburgh hospitalized due to bladder infection

Duke of Edinburgh - Prince PhilipThe 90- year- old Duke of Edinburgh- Prince Philip was admitted on Monday after lunch to the King Edward VII hospital in West London. A Buckingham Palace spokesman described the reason for his admission to the hospital due to bladder infection and further added that as a precautionary measure, the prince will remain under observation in the hospital. This unexpected event happened amidst queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations marking her 60 years of ascending the throne. A four day national holiday was declared in Great Britain to celebrate this grand event.

The news of the hospitalization of Prince Philip was announced and released just two and half hours before the beginning of the BBC’s  diamond jubilee concert outside the Buckingham Palace that was due to be attended by the prince with other members of the royal family. The hospitalization of Prince Philip has indeed saddened the Queen but she will still attend Monday night’s concert. The events that the Duke of Edinburg will miss due to his hospitalization includes the nation’s service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, attending two receptions, a lunch at the Westminster Hall, a carriage procession at the Buckingham Palace with a balcony appearance by the queen and a fly past.

As per the Buckingham Palace’s spokesman, Prince Philip was very disappointed for missing the evening’s diamond jubilee concert and other engagements. Prince Philip did enjoy good health and was one of the most energetic among the members of the royal family. He is still active with his favorite sport of carriage driving even though in the past he used to play polo. He was forced to give up the polo due to arthritis in his right wrist.

In recent years, Prince Philip has several bouts of illnesses but none of these were life threatening. Last year, two days before Christmas, he was admitted to one of the Britain’s leading hospital for a minor heart condition described at that time as “a minimally invasive procedure”. This procedure is done to improve the flow of blood. It was regarded as the most serious sign of ill-health among the members of the royal family.

The four day celebrations will come to a formal close on Tuesday with the queen attending a thanksgiving service observing the jubilee at St. Paul Cathedral in London.

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