UK’s Prince Philip admitted to hospital ahead of hip surgery on Wednesday
Britain’s Prince Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, was admitted to hospital and will have surgery on his hip on Wednesday (April 4), Buckingham Palace said.
“His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow,” a spokeswoman said on Tuesday (April 3).
Philip has been by the queen’s side throughout her 65 years on the throne and she has described him as “my strength and stay”.
He has sometimes drawn attention with headline-grabbing gaffes.
Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s feisty consort, has been a pivotal figure in the British royal family for almost seven decades. Despite the ambiguities of his position, the blunt-talking prince brought acerbic wit and unflagging energy to his role as consort while helping to strip away court ritual and nurse the monarchy into the 20th century.
In recent years the prince’s health has become a cause for concern as he received hospital treatment for a number of ailments. In December 2011 he underwent a successful procedure to unblock a coronary artery and spent Christmas in hospital. In June 2012 he was taken to hospital suffering from a bladder infection a day after spending hours on the River Thames in driving rain and a cold wind as part of a flotilla of 1,000 boats taking part in the spectacular highlight of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations, and returned to hospital for further treatment two months later.
In June 2013, the palace announced Prince Philip had been admitted to hospital for exploratory abdominal surgery, prompting fresh concerns for his health. He was able to walk unaided when he left the clinic following an 11-day stay, and by the autumn had resumed his royal engagements, including attending the christening of his second great-grandson, Prince George, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Named after the Queen’s father, Prince George is third in line to the throne, after his father, and grandfather.
Prince Philip fulfilled more than 200 engagements in 2014. He has earned a reputation as a loyal and hard-working consort with a brusque sense of humour and a tendency to make politically incorrect gaffes.
In June 2017, Prince Philip was admitted to hospital on as a precautionary measure for the treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition but was discharged after two days.