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UK's Prince Philip taken to hospital as 'precaution'
Britain's Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was admitted to a London hospital overnight as a "precautionary measure", Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday, with sources saying it was not due to coronavirus symptoms. Philip had been formally introduced to princess Elizabeth, the future queen, in July 1939 and they kept in touch during the war, meeting on a number of occasions. The pair married in Westminster Abbey in London in 1947.The couple celebrated their platinum wedding in November 2017 at Windsor, with Philip a constant presence at the side of the monarch, who has referred to him as her "strength and stay".
Prince Philip has begun his second weekend in hospital in what is now his longest ever stay as he battles an infection.
The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last Tuesday evening as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell, and walked into the building unaided.
Buckingham Palace said last Tuesday that Philip was 'comfortable' and 'responding' to medical help.
His son Prince Edward also said this week Philip was 'a lot better' but 'looking forward to getting out' with the Royal Family were keeping their 'fingers crossed'.
Prince Philip: Prince William speaks about his state of health
It was shock news that made the rounds last Tuesday (February 16): Prince Philip (99) had to be taken to the hospital. The husband of the Queen (94) felt uncomfortable and had to go to the hospital for observation. But the "few days" initially foreseen under medical supervision has now turned into a whole week. There is great concern in the UK. Now Prince William (38) speaks up and reveals how his grandfather is doing. The reported the online edition of the British newspaper "Daily Mail".
Today, the Duke passed his longest hospital stay as he continues to get treated for the infection for a 12th day.
He previously spent 11 days in hospital in 2013 after an operation on his abdomen.
Photos from outside the hospital this morning show police officers standing guard.
A royal source said yesterday it did not expect to make any updates on the Duke until at least next week.
At the time of Philip's admission to hospital, the palace did not disclose the reason, but then said this Tuesday he was being treated for an infection.
Prince Philip hospitalized for 8 days: update on the situation
© Agence / Bestimage Prince Philip hospitalized for 8 days: update on the situation After eight days of hospitalization, where is the state of health of Prince Philip? If Buckingham Palace is reassuring, the Duke of Edinburgh's medical team is keen to keep it under observation, for an indefinite period ... Eight days ago, Prince Philip was admitted to King Edward Hospital VII of London, for discomfort .
Video: Prince Philip responding to treatment for infection (Cover Video)
Edward, who said he had spoken to his father on the phone, suggested the Duke, who is known for his 'no fuss' attitude, was a little frustrated at remaining in hospital.
The palace said on Tuesday: 'The Duke of Edinburgh remains at King Edward VII's Hospital where he is receiving medical attention for an infection. He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days.'
Edward was asked about his father by Sky News' royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills, while she was filming a separate interview with him his Bagshot Park home in Surrey.
He replied: 'He's a lot better, thank you very much indeed, and he's looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing, so we keep our fingers crossed.'
Asked whether Philip, who turns 100 in June, was frustrated to be in hospital, Edward laughed and replied: 'Just a bit.
Prince Philip summoned Prince Charles to hospital for frank conversation about the future of the royal family
As the Duke of Edinburgh approaches two weeks inside a London hospital, there are fresh claims about exactly why Prince Charles visited his father. The Prince of Wales spent around 30 minutes inside the King Edward VII's Hospital last week, days after the duke's admission. Prince Charles made the 320-kilometre round trip from Highgrove House in Gloucestershire to London to see Prince Philip who entered the hospital the previous Tuesday with an infection.
'I think that gets to all of us, and then you can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting.
'We've had some brilliant and lovely messages from all sorts of people and we really appreciate that and so does he, I've been passing them on. It's fantastic, thank you.'
Philip was initially due to spend a few days under medical care for 'observation and rest', but last Friday it emerged he was likely to remain in hospital into this week.
Philip's 11th day in hospital came as his grandson Prince Harry was interviewed by James Corden on the Late Late Show in America.
During their chat, Harry revealed how Philip does know how to use Zoom - but simply slams shut his laptop to end calls instead of pressing the Leave button.
The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen have called the Sussexes a 'few times' and even seen Archie 'running around', Harry added.
Prince Charles made a 200-mile round trip to see Philip in hospital last weekend, which royal experts claimed may have been to reassure the Duke about Harry and the continuing turmoil caused by Megxit.
Charles's surprise visit to Philip's bedside on Saturday afternoon is likely to have touched on the 'momentous' events since he was admitted to hospital.
Prince Philip undergoes heart surgery for pre-existing condition .
Prince Philip has undergone a surgical procedure for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. In a statement, the palace said the Duke of Edinburgh's surgery, performed at London's St Bartholomew's Hospital on Wednesday, had been successful. RELATED: Royal family 'united in prayers' for Prince Philip as Queen unable to visit "His Royal Highness will remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days," the statement added.The Queen's husband, 99, has been in hospital since February 16.