Prince Philip of England is hospitalized

LONDON (AP) – Britain’s Prince Philip, 99, was admitted to a London hospital after experiencing discomfort, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday.

The palace said Queen Elizabeth II’s husband was admitted to the King Edward VII private hospital on Tuesday night.

He noted that the admission was a “precautionary measure” taken on the advice of Felipe’s doctor. The palace said he is expected to stay in for several days for “observation and rest.”

His illness is not related to COVID-19. The queen and Felipe were vaccinated against the coronavirus in early January.

Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, retired from public engagements in 2017 and rarely appears in public.

During the current coronavirus lockdown in England, he has remained at Windsor Castle, west of London, with the queen.

Felipe married the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and is the longest-lived royal consort in British history. He and the queen have four children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

A former naval officer and amateur polo player, Felipe was in very good health into his old age, but in recent years he has suffered from various ills.

In 2011, he was airlifted by helicopter after suffering chest pain from a blocked coronary artery. In 2017, he spent two nights at Rey Eduardo VII Hospital and in 2018 he was hospitalized for 10 days for a hip replacement.

The last time he was admitted was in December 2019, when he spent four nights in the King Edward VII Hospital for what the palace said was a planned treatment for a previous illness.

He was forced to give up driving at the age of 97, after colliding with a car while driving a Land Rover near the royal property in Sandringham in January 2019. Felipe needed help getting out of the Land Rover but was not injured. The woman in the other car suffered a broken wrist.

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