Prince Philip was transferred to a specialist heart hospital in London on Monday (British time) to undergo testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition, as he is being treated for an unspecified infection, Buckingham Palace said.
The 99-year-old Queen Elizabeth II man has been transferred from King Edward VII Hospital, where he has been treated since 17 February, to St. John’s Hospital. Bartholomew, who specializes in heart care.
The palace says Philip “remains comfortable and responds to treatment, but is expected to remain in hospital for at least the end of the week.”
Philip was admitted to King Edward VII’s private hospital in London after falling ill. It is not believed that Philip’s illness is related to Covid-19.
* Palace: Prince Philip has infection, will stay in hospital
* Prince Philip will remain in hospital through the weekend
* Prince Philip was admitted to hospital
Both he and the queen, 94, received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in early January.
The Bart’s Heart Center is the largest specialized cardiovascular center in Europe, said the National Health Service. The center tries to perform more heart surgeries, MRI and CT scans than any other service in the world.
Philip, who retired from the royal duties in 2017, rarely appears in public.
In the current coronavirus in England, Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, stayed at Windsor Castle, west of London, with the Queen.
Philip married the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and is the longest serving royal couple in British history. He and the queen have four children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In 2011, he was taken by helicopter to a hospital after suffering chest pains and was treated for a blocked coronary artery.
In 2017, he spent two nights in the hospital and he was admitted to the hospital for 10 days for a hip replacement.
Philip was last admitted to hospital in December 2019, and spent four nights in King Edward VII’s hospital for what the palace said was planned treatment of a pre-existing condition.