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The Duke of Edinburgh’s health – a timeline

Prince Philip was scheduled to attend the commemorations alongside other members of the Royal Family, including Princess Anne, on May 31.

Buckingham Palace have not specified what is wrong with the Duke, who celebrates his 95th birthday next month, but it is understood that there are no plans to cancel any other engagements this week and he has not been admitted to hospital.

The Queen’s husband was last seen in public last Thursday  during the ceremony of Beating Retreat.

He is said to be disappointed that he is unable to attend the commemorations.

A timeline of the Duke’s health

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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.

  • Julaine

    You missed a rather significant one. On June 7, 2013 was admitted to hospital for “exploratory abdominal surgery.” No further details or diagnosis were offered. He spent 11 days as an inpatient then convalesced at Sandringham until August.

    Since exploratory surgery of any type in a man over 90 is not undertaken lightly I think it is very worrisome that no details of the findings or future treatment were ever released.

    • Diane

      I suspect he had a bowel obstruction. Often quite common at his age. But at his age surgery is always a worry.

  • Deborah Yoder

    God Bless the Duke of Edinburgh!

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