Secrecy surrounds Prince Philip's hospitalization; will remain under observation
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, remains in a London hospital where he was admitted as a precautionary measure for a few days of observation and rest. The 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II was taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London on the advice of his doctor on Tuesday and spent the third night there on Thursday.
Prince Philip's hospital admission not related to coronavirus: Royal sources
According to royal sources quoted in the UK media, "Prince Philip's hospital admission is not said to be related to coronavirus." "His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday evening," Buckingham Palace said.
UK PM Boris Johnson wished him well
"The Duke is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days of observation and rest," it added. Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent his best wishes to the royal, with a Downing Street spokesperson saying, "The Prime Minister sends his best wishes to the Duke of Edinburgh as he undergoes a few days of rest in the hospital."
Queen performed her first face-to-face event of this year
The Queen has remained at Windsor Castle and there have been no reports of any visitors to the hospital. Further, the 94-year-old monarch performed her first face-to-face event of this year on Thursday, when she knighted royal aide Vice-Admiral Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt as the Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order during a private socially-distanced ceremony at Windsor.
Couple has been spending recent lockdown at Windsor Castle
According to the BBC, the couple has been spending the recent lockdown in England at Windsor Castle with a small household staff, nicknamed HMS Bubble. The Duke, who turns 100 in June, was admitted to the same London hospital as a "precautionary measure" for treatment for a "pre-existing condition" in December 2019. He had spent four nights there at the time.
The couple has been wed for 73 years
In November 2020, the Queen and Prince Philip marked their 73rd wedding anniversary by releasing a photograph of themselves opening a card made for them by their great-grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, the children of Prince William and Kate Middleton.