Prince Philip begins third week at King Edward VII Hospital

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 3, 2021

The Duke of Edinburgh, who will turn 100 in June, was taken by auto from Windsor, England, to the King Edward VII Hospital in London on February 17 for what the palace initially described as a "precautionary measure" after Philip reported feeling unwell.

Philip was transferred about three miles (5km) to St Bartholomew's Hospital, also known as Bart's, in the City of London.

The duke is responding to treatment and "remains comfortable", it added.

The Prince, 99, was admitted to hospital on 16 February as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell.

Philip has required hospital treatment a number of times in the last decade for a recurrence of a bladder infection and around Christmas 2011, he had an operation to clear a blocked artery in his heart after being rushed to hospital suffering from chest pains.

St. Bartholomew's specializes in cardiac care, according to the hospital's website, which bills it as "Europe's largest specialised cardiovascular service".

The illness was not related to the coronavirus and royal officials called it a precautionary measure.

He confirmed: "The other day when Prince Philip went into hospital, his royal page who was with him for many years died on the day the Duke went in".

Last week, Philip's grandson, Prince William, said the Duke was "OK" and being closely monitored by medical staff.

A royal expert has weighed in on Prince Charles' visit to his father's bedside this week, with a rather sombre prediction of what was discussed between father and son.

The Earl of Wessex says the duke is a "lot better" and looking forward to getting out. In December 2019, he received hospital treatment for a pre-existing condition.

In April 2020, the Duke of Edinburgh made a rare public statement, thanking key workers across the UK.

"So we keep our fingers crossed".

It comes after an ambulance was seen pulling away from the King Edward VII's on Monday morning.

Prince Edward said his father was feeling frustrated inside the hospital as "you can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting". During England's current coronavirus lockdown, he and the queen had been staying at Windsor Castle, west of London.

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