It’s been an incredibly eventful week for all residents of London, including the royal family. After making the headlines these last few weeks for visiting various sites of tragedy around the city, the royal family faced another personal and nerve-wracking incident. On Tuesday evening, Prince Philip was taken to the hospital according to the Buckingham Palace statement. Happily, by Wednesday afternoon (local time), the royal was released from the hospital and given a clean bill of health.
It appears his hospital stay was brief. According to E! News, Prince Philip was admitted to a London hospital “Tuesday night ‘as a precautionary measure’ to treat an infection ‘arising from a pre-existing condition.'” While it appears that those in the know are keeping mum about precisely what that pre-existing condition is, it’s nonetheless a relief to know that the 96-year-old monarch has been cleared to go home. Buckingham Palace also included in their statement that “Prince Philip is in good spirits and is disappointed to be missing the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot. Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot as planned this afternoon.”
Entertainment Tonight reports that Prince Philip will have to miss the Royal Ascot and the Opening of Parliament in favor of convalescing, which Buckingham Palace commented he was “disappointed” about. He was seen earlier in the week attending the opening of the Royal Ascot and the Trooping the Colour ceremony last week and he appeared to be in good spirits then as well.
Earlier in May, it was announced that Prince Philip would not be accepting any new invitations to public events. Ostensibly, the monarch would like to rest, spend time with his family, and maintain his good health while still supporting his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, as she continues to fulfill her royal duties.