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Prince Philip spends third night in hospital

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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The Duke of Edinburgh remains in King Edward VII Hospital in central London as Christmas week begins. Prince Philip, who is 98, is being treated there for what Buckingham Palace describes as a ”pre-existing” condition.

The Prince travelled from Sandringham to London for treatment on Friday morning. As he arrived, a statement was issued saying the measure was precautionary. Later, there were reports that the Duke of Edinburgh had been taken to London by helicopter. However, it is understood that on arrival, Prince Philip walked into the King Edward VII unaided. At the same time, the Queen left Buckingham Palace to travel to Sandringham for her Christmas break.

It’s not yet clear whether the Duke of Edinburgh will be able to join his family at their Norfolk home for the festive season. No further update on his health has been given by royal officials since his admission on Friday.

The Royal Family traditionally spends Christmas at Sandringham. On Sunday, the Queen attended a service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the estate. She was accompanied by the Earl and Countess of Wessex along with their children, Lady Louise Windsor, and Viscount Severn who recently celebrated his 12th birthday.



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