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.

Celebrating 60 Years of Queen Elizabeth II Reign

The 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne was marked on the 6th of February 2012 by a 41 gun salute by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in London’s Hyde Park. This was followed by a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London, a 21-gun Royal Salute at Edinburgh Castle at noon and a 21-gun salute by the Royal Navy. The Queen usually spends Accession day privately as this is the day that her father King George VI died, but this year the 85 year old Monarch will attend two engagements in Norfolk.

Queen Elizabeth acceded to the throne after the father King George VI died in 1952 and has been the second longest reigning monarch of the UK after Queen Victoria. She also became the head of the Commonwealth, and Queen Regent of seven independent Commonwealth countries. Her Coronation ceremony held in 1953 was the first to be televised, and this was instrumental in doubling the number of television licenses in the UK at that time to 3 million. A total of about 20 million British viewers watched the coronation on for the first time at neighbors’ and friends’ homes. Recorded broadcasts of the coronation were watched by over 100 million viewers in the USA, and many people from over the world visited London for the Coronation.


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