UK's Prince Philip 'doing well' in hospital, palace says

Story highlights

  • Prince Philip is responding well to treatment for a bladder infection, palace officials say
  • He is likely to remain in the hospital for a few more days, the palace says
  • The 91-year-old previously contracted a bladder infection in June
  • He was hospitalized over Christmas for treatment of a blocked coronary artery

Britain's Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, is "responding well" to hospital treatment for a recurrence of a bladder infection, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.

It is unclear when he will be discharged, but he is likely to remain in the hospital for a few more days, the palace said.

The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland Wednesday afternoon "as a precautionary measure," the palace said.

The 91-year-old, who first suffered the problem in June, fell ill again as he was staying at the royal residence in Balmoral, Scotland, where the queen traditionally spends part of the summer.

It is the third time Philip has been admitted to a hospital in the past eight months.

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Prince Philip hospitalized


    Prince Philip hospitalized


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Before the bladder infection, which he initially contracted during events marking the queen's diamond jubilee, he spent four nights in a hospital over the Christmas holiday last year for treatment of a blocked coronary artery.

However, he appeared in good form this week as he fulfilled several engagements on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.

The queen and the Duke of Edinburgh also gave a garden party at Balmoral Castle last week.

Philip's next scheduled public appearance is alongside the queen as she opens the London 2012 Paralympic Games on August 29.

He appeared by her side at the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games at the end of July and accompanied her on a visit to the Olympic Park as the events got under way.

It has been a particularly busy year for the queen and Duke of Edinburgh because of the many events held to celebrate her diamond jubilee.

Addressing Parliament in March, the queen paid tribute to her husband as "a constant strength and guide" throughout her long reign.

The longest-serving consort in British history, Philip married then-Princess Elizabeth in November 1947 at Westminster Abbey.

Born the prince of Greece and Denmark on the Greek island of Corfu in 1921, Philip left Greece with his family when he was 18 months old after King Constantine was forced to abdicate the throne following a revolution. The family moved to Paris and then to England in 1928. Philip also went to school in Germany.

Philip renounced his Greek title when he became a naturalized British subject in 1947.

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