UK's Prince Philip admitted to hospital

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 23, 2017

Prince Philip was discharged Thursday from a London hospital after he was treated for an infection, Buckingham Palace said.

The infection arose from "a pre-existing condition", the palace said.

The Duke of Edinburgh has missed the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot after being admitted to hospital as a "precautionary measure" for treatment for an infection, Buckingham Palace said.

The palace says Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, was admitted as a precautionary measure and is in good spirits.

In a statement, the palace said that Philip would not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although "he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time". Royal aides and officials were called into an unusual last-minute meeting before the announcement.

He had been with the Queen at Trooping the Colour on Saturday and the opening day of Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

Veteran MP Dennis Skinner saw the amusing side of the Queen's diary predicament, and in his traditional heckle ahead of the Queen's speech joked that MPs and Black Rod should hurry up so she could make the first race at Royal Ascot. Prince Charles will join her in his place.

The latter saw him miss much of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Should she have skipped Royal Ascot while Philip is in hospital?

The Queen's speech in parliament outlined the legislative program for the government, with an emphasis on Brexit and counter-terrorism strategies.

The Duke once remarked that he roughly follows the Atkins diet, and is said to be an advocate of 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, nearly 70 years ago.

He is well-known for his robust constitution.

Last year the 96-year-old told a flu expert at a research centre he had not had the illness for 40 years.

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