Britain's Prince Philip admitted to hospital with infection

The Duke of Edinburgh, known as Prince Philip, was taken to hospital, Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday morning.

At the moment, and unless things change, the Queen is not planning to visit her husband.

Buckingham Palace said that the prince, who is 96, was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital for an infection stemming from a pre-existing condition. As per reports, while he has been out of bed on Wednesday and is said to be "in good spirits", due to his illness he shall miss the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot and hence the Queen shall attend these events without him.

"Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen", the statement about his retirement read.

He seemed in fine shape Tuesday afternoon at the Royal Ascot horse races, wearing a formal suit and top hat despite sweltering heat at an outing with the queen and senior family members.

Philip has held royal titles since his birth on June 10, 1921, in Corfu. Prince Philip will not attend. Prince Charles will take his place instead.

After their marriage in 1947, they spent time in Malta, where he was posted - only for their lives to be changed overnight by the premature death of her father, king George VI, in 1952.

He was at Ascot with the Queen yesterday and was in high spirits.

When he married he gave up his titles as a prince of Greece and Denmark - and became a naturalized British subject. His official title is Duke of Edinburgh. This should come as a relief to people who were wondering why Prince Philip was rushed to the hospital and were anxious about Prince Philip's illness.

  • Salvatore Jensen