Skip to main content

UK's Prince Philip hospitalized for 'exploratory operation'

By CNN Staff
updated 8:10 PM EDT, Thu June 6, 2013
July 1922: Prince Philip of Greece as a toddler. July 1922: Prince Philip of Greece as a toddler.
HIDE CAPTION
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
Prince Philip: A life in pictures
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Operation expected to take place on Friday, spokesman says
  • Prince Philip, 91, is expected to be hospitalized up to two weeks, palace says
  • He is admitted for an operation after "abdominal investigations," the statement adds
  • He's been hospitalized several times of late, including for bladder infections

(CNN) -- Prince Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, has been admitted to a London hospital "for an exploratory operation," Buckingham Palace said Thursday.

The Duke of Edinburgh is expected to stay in the hospital for up to two weeks, according to the palace statement. He is being treated at the London Clinic "following abdominal investigations."

The operation likely will take place Friday, a spokesman said.

The 91-year-old is set to celebrate his next birthday Monday.

The prince showed no signs of feeling ill Thursday at a presentation at Buckingham Palace, according to the Press Association. The news agency reported Philip was joking and laughing with guests at a ceremony where the queen made him a member of the Order of New Zealand.

Prince Philip admitted to hospital

Tuesday, he and other members of the royal family attended a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.

Prince Philip: The man behind the queen

Philip left Greece a year after he was born there, following the 1922 overthrow of his brother, King Constantine I. Despite his roots in that country, he has a mixed ancestry and, like his wife, is a great-great-grandchild of Britain's Queen Victoria.

A Royal Air Force veteran, he met Elizabeth in 1939 and married her in November 1947. They have four children.

In addition to his royal and military duties, Philip has served as president of the World Wildlife Fund and the International Equestrian Foundation.

Philip has had a number of documented health problems in recent years, including treatment for a blocked coronary artery in December 2011 and a hospitalization in June 2012 for a bladder infection. He was admitted again to a hospital -- this time in Scotland -- for treatment of the latter ailment two months later.

CNN's Max Foster contributed to this report.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 6:49 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
British PM David Cameron has had the narrowest of political escapes.
updated 9:06 PM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
British journalist John Cantlie hadn't been seen in nearly two years. Now, he's the latest hostage to be paraded out by ISIS.
The burial leader. The hospital gatekeeper. The disease detective. All telling powerful, stories from West Africa.
updated 7:03 PM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
Alibaba's IPO is unlike anything investors have ever seen and could threaten other online retailers. Maggie Lake reports.
updated 8:26 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
Indian PM Narendra Modi has said al Qaeda will fail if it seeks to spread its terror network into his country.
updated 8:01 AM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
Put yourself in the shoes (and sixth-century black robes) of ISIS' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the mysterious boss of the terror group.
updated 7:40 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
 Tennis Player Li Na attends the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party as guests enjoy Ciroc Vodka presented by Dubai Duty Free at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London,
Asia's first grand slam singles champion Li Na has called time on her 15-year tennis career.
Jenson Button has some of quickest reactions ever shown at an advanced sports lab.
updated 7:24 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
Creative companies with quirky ideas find new lending models advantageous.
updated 10:09 AM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
Even death couldn't part two skeletons excavated from a lost chapel in an English county, found with their fingers entwined.
updated 6:07 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT