Prince Philip admitted to hospital

April 4, 2008 7:44:32 AM PDT
Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, has been admitted to a hospital with a chest infection, Buckingham Palace said Friday. A spokeswoman said the 86-year-old was taken to the hospital for "assessment and treatment for a chest infection." She said she had no information about his condition.

"His royal highness's program of engagements for the weekend have been canceled," the spokeswoman said on condition of anonymity in line with palace policy.

The British Broadcasting Corp. reported that he was admitted Thursday night. Officials at King Edward VII's Hospital in central London said they would not comment on Philip's condition.

Philip has been married to the queen since 1947. A member of the Greek royal family, he renounced his royal title when he became a naturalized British subject in 1947.

He joined the Royal Navy in 1939, and saw active service throughout World War II, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. After Elizabeth became queen, Philip gave up his naval career to support her.

He has no constitutional role other than as one of the queen's privy counsellors.

Philip is a great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria. His paternal grandfather, King George I of Greece, was Queen Alexandra's brother.