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The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh – a timeline of his health

The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London after contracting an infection.

The 96-year-old Prince will spend a second night in hospital Buckingham Palace have said.

A Palace spokesperson 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.

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 delay his visit to Sandringham for the Christmas break due to suffering from a severe cold alongside The Queen. Her Majesty suffered the worst of the cold and was forced to miss the Christmas Day Church Service.

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.