Reports say that the Duke of Edinburgh, 92 on Monday, has been admitted to the London Clinic for an exploratory operation following abdominal investigations.
Buckingham Palace say the Duke of Edinburgh is to remain in hospital for up to two weeks.
Prince Philip’s operation tomorrow will be conducted under general anaesthetic, the BBC’s Peter Hunt reports.
The Duke was today at a garden party at Buckingham Palace, the final ordinary one of the year in London, when he was driven to the hospital this evening. Reports say he walked unaided and was driven in an ordinary car.
Buckingham Palace’s statement said: “His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to the London Clinic for an exploratory operation following abdominal investigations. He is expected to stay in hospital for up to two weeks.”
The Palace also said that further updates will be issued where appropriate.
This operation now means that the Duke will probably not be present for The Queen’s Birthday Parade next Saturday and may also miss the Order of the Garter service at Windsor Castle.
The Duke’s health has been subject of concern for many years now. In his old age, he refuses to completely give up royal engagements and still maintains a full schedule of engagements.
Prince Philip cancelled an engagement on Monday, but attended a coronation anniversary service on Tuesday.
Today’s admittance to hospital is not thought to be connected with the bladder problems he has experienced on several occasions over the past years or blocked coronary artery problem he had a while back.
He became the oldest male member of the Royal Family a few months ago. His grandson recently appeared on ITV’s Daybreak talking about the likelihood of engagements being cancelled in the future.
This means Prince Philip will spend his 92nd birthday in hospital on Monday.
The subject of the press release says that the Duke of Edinburgh’s admittance was planned. To what extent, it is not known.