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Hospitalized Prince Philip will miss diamond jubilee celebrations

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, June 4, 2012 12:39 EDT
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on June 3. (AFP Photo/John Stillwell)
 
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Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s 90-year-old husband, was hospitalised Monday with a bladder infection and will miss the rest of her diamond jubilee celebrations, Buckingham Palace said.

The new health scare comes less than six months after he suffered chest pains during the royal family’s Christmas break and had to undergo a medical procedure to treat a blocked coronary artery.

“The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, from Windsor Castle, as a precautionary measure after developing a bladder infection, which is being accessed and treated,” the palace said in a statement.

“Prince Philip will remain in hospital under observation for a few days. He is, understandably, disappointed about missing this evening’s Diamond Jubilee Concert and tomorrow’s engagements.”

The prince, the longest serving royal consort in British history, appeared in good health on Sunday as he travelled on the royal barge in chilly conditions during a 1,000-boat river pageant for the jubilee.

The queen, 86, is due to light the last of 4,200 beacons across the world at a star-studded concert at Buckingham Palace on Monday featuring Elton John, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Shirley Bassey and Stevie Wonder.

Prince Philip was admitted to hospital on December 23 after complaining of chest pains, and was found to have a blocked coronary artery. He underwent surgery to have a stent fitted, before being released on December 27.

It was the most serious health scare to date for Philip.

[Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on June 3. AFP Photo/John Stillwell]

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