Duke of Edinburgh to spend second night in hospital

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The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen at Trooping the Colour on Saturday

The Duke of Edinburgh is to spend a second night in hospital after being admitted as “a precautionary measure”.

Prince Philip is being treated at King Edward VII hospital in central London for an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said the 96-year-old would stay in the private hospital overnight, but continued to be in good spirits.

The BBC understands his hospital stay is “not a cause for serious concern”.

Buckingham Palace has said the duke of Edinburgh was admitted for “treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition”.

The duke was with the Queen at Trooping the Colour on Saturday and the opening day of Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

However, after being admitted to hospital on Tuesday evening, he missed Wednesday’s State Opening of Parliament, where his place was taken by the Prince of Wales, and a second day at Royal Ascot.

‘Getting better’

Prince Charles, on a visit to Finsbury Park following Monday’s terror attack, said his father was “getting better”.

It is understood the duke was not admitted to hospital as an emergency but, on a doctor’s advice, was driven from Windsor Castle to hospital.

How long he will remain there is not yet known.

Prince Philip has spent much of his life in good health, but he was treated for a blocked coronary artery in 2011 and a bladder infection in 2012.

That saw him miss much of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

He backs healthy eating and exercise. He drinks moderately, takes the stairs and says he still fits into the uniform he wore on the day he married the Queen, almost 70 years ago.

Prince Philip said in May that he would retire from royal duties this autumn, a move supported by the Queen.

Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40360283