Buckingham Palace: Prince Philip taken to hospital

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, centre, talk with the Dean of Windsor, Reverend David Conner, as they leave with other members of the royal family after a church service to mark the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip at the Royal Chapel, Windsor Castle, west of London, Sunday June 12, 2011. Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, married the queen in 1947. He is the son of the late Prince Andrew of Greece and a great-great-grandson of Britain's Queen Victoria, giving him deep royal roots. He turned 90 on Friday. (AP Photo/Carl Court, Pool)
August 15, 2012 10:20:49 AM PDT
Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, was admitted to hospital Wednesday with a recurrence of the bladder infection he suffered earlier this summer, Buckingham Palace said.

Palace officials said he would likely stay in the hospital for a few days for investigation and treatment.

The 91-year-old royal consort was hospitalized for five days in June with a bladder infection that may have been aggravated by his prolonged appearance at a flotilla pageant marking the queen's 60-year reign.

Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, was taken from the royal family's Balmoral estate in Scotland to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on the advice of his physician.

The palace said he traveled the 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the hospital by road.

Philip resumed royal duties after recovering from his bladder infection in June, attending the opening ceremony of the Olympics on July 27, watching his granddaughter Zara Phillips take part in Olympic equestrian competition two days later and carrying out engagements on the Isle of Wight on Monday. He has looked well at recent events despite his advancing years.

He was diagnosed with heart disease in December after experiencing chest pains that required him to spend Christmas in a hospital. He underwent a successful coronary stent procedure and seemed to recover well, resuming a full schedule within several weeks.

Philip is a former naval officer who married the queen in 1947. His health remained robust through his 80s, but he has appeared frailer in recent years.

When he turned 90, he said he was "winding down," and he has cut back on official duties. But he still carries out some engagements, both with his wife and on his own.


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