Queen's husband in hospital with bladder infection
FILE - A Sunday June 3, 2012 photo from files showing Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband Prince Philip watching the proceedings from the royal barge during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London. Buckingham Palace says Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has been hospitalized with a bladder infection. The 90-year-old prince has been taking part in celebrations of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool, File)
LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was hospitalized Monday with a bladder infection and will miss the rest of the celebrations of the monarch's 60 years on the throne, Buckingham Palace said.
The palace said the prince, who will turn 91 on Saturday, was taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London from Windsor Castle as a precaution and will remain under observation for a few days.
He will miss Monday evening's Buckingham Palace pop concert celebrating the queen's jubilee, as well as a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral and a carriage procession Tuesday.
"He is, understandably, disappointed about missing this evening's Diamond Jubilee Concert and tomorrow's engagements," the palace said in a statement.
The palace said the queen would still attend the concert, which will feature performances by Paul McCartney, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2006 file photo Britain's Prince Philip shares a joke with a war veteran, unseen, following a ceremony for the Opening of the Field of Remembrance, on the grounds of the Westminster Abbey, in central London. Buckingham Palace says Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has been hospitalized with a bladder infection. The 90-year-old prince has been taking part in celebrations of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
On Sunday, Prince Philip joined the queen and senior royals on the River Thames in cold, blustery weather for a pageant in honor of Elizabeth's reign.
Philip, who is also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, is a former naval officer who married the queen in 1947. His health remained robust through his 80s, but he has appeared frailer in recent years.
When he turned 90, he said he was "winding down," and he has cut back on official duties. But he still carries out engagements, both with his wife and on his own.
The prince spent four nights in the hospital over Christmas after suffering chest pains and underwent a successful coronary stent procedure.