At this time of year, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip would have already made their way from London to Norfolk, where the royals spend Christmas every year. This year, however, the Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to a London hospital for "observation and treatment".
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The Duke of Edinburgh travelled from Norfolk to the King Edward VII Hospital in London in relation to a pre-existing condition, the palace stated. The admission is reportedly a precautionary measure, "on the advice of His Royal Highness’ Doctor,” the palace said in a previous statement.
On Friday, a royal source told People that Prince Philip did not travel by ambulance. “It was a planned admission, and he walked into the hospital unaided,” the source said.
On Saturday, The Telegraph reported that Prince Philip is expected to join his family for the holiday, “Despite increasing fears for the Duke’s health it is hoped he will be discharged and return to Sandringham to join the rest of his family in time for Christmas.”
Prince Philip formally retired from his public duties in August 2017. Recently, the royal has been battling several health issues
In 2018, the Duke cancelled last minute for the Maundy Church service that he was scheduled to attend. He also skipped Easter Sunday services last year after undergoing hip replacement surgery.
In January of this year, the royal also had a car accident that resulted in him voluntarily giving up his license.
Wishing the Duke a speedy recovery!