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Duke of Edinburgh to spend second night in hospital

The Duke of Edinburgh will spend a second night in hospital Buckingham Palace have announced.

The 96-year-old Prince was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday evening after contracting an infection.

Buckingham Palace said that Prince Philip’s admission to hospital is a precautionary measure and stems as a result of a pre-existing condition.

The Queen’s husband is said to be in good spirits and has reportedly been up and about at the hospital.

The Prince of Wales accompanied his mother to the State Opening of Parliament this morning in place of his father. He also took his place in the carriage at Royal Ascot, an event The Queen still visited as planned.

Her Majesty is being kept informed of happenings at the hospital. Whether she visits the hospital depends on how long the Duke’s admission will be.

Prince Philip is in remarkably good health for his age, but not surprisingly he has had to visit hospital numerous times in the past.

Most recently he was forced to cancel an engagement following medical advice.

In 2012, the Duke was hospitalised for a few days with a bladder infection. This coincided with Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee meaning he missed part of the celebrations.

Back in December 2011, the Duke was treated at Papworth Hospital, near Cambridge, after undergoing heart surgery to have a stent fitted.

He was kept there over Christmas until he was discharged five days later to rejoin the Queen at the Sandringham Estate.

The more recent health scare was in 2012, where he was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for several days after a bladder infection. This occurred at the time of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, and as a result, he missed part of the celebrations.

He was released just in time to celebrate his 91st birthday with his family.

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