How is Prince Philip doing and why is he in hospital?

PRINCE Philip was admitted to hospital on Tuesday evening (February 16, 2021) after feeling unwell at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace said.

The 99-year-old royal spent two nights at King Edward VII Hospital in London, but his admission was not an emergency.

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Why is Prince Philip in hospital?

The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, February 16, the Palace said in a statement.

The Palace said the admission was precautionary and was advised by His Royal Highness's doctor after Prince Philip felt unwell.

They revealed that Prince Philip's illness is not coronavirus-related.

The Duke and the Queen both received their Covid vaccines back in January.

A royal source said the Queen, 94, is at Windsor – where they have stayed during the pandemic – while Prince Philip is in hospital.

How is Prince Philip doing?

Prince Philip is said to be "in good spirits" in hospital, according to a palace source.

He is expected to remain in hospital for a few days of observation and rest before returning to Windsor.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement:"His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London, on Tuesday evening.

"The Duke’s admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’s Doctor, after feeling unwell. 

"The Duke is expected to remain in hospital for a few days of observation and rest."

Prince Philip was taken to Prince Edward VII hospital in Windsor by car, with the royal's condition – who is 100 in June – not being deemed an emergency.

What has Prince Philip previously been in hospital for?

This is not the first time the royal has spent time in hospital, having been admitted for a "precautionary measure" in December 2019.

Prince Philip also underwent a hip replacement operation back in April 2018 – five years after having exploratory surgery on his abdomen.

But the Duke of Edinburgh has been plagued by bladder infections and a blocked coronary artery among other ailments.

He was also taken to hospital following a car crash in January 2019 – but this was only a precaution after walking away unscathed.

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