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|2012-06-05 - Entertainment News|
Bladder infection forces Prince Philip to miss part of Queen's Diamond Jubilee
-- Diane Alter - Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter
London, England, United Kingdom (4E) - An ailing Prince Philip was hospitalized Monday with a bladder infection, causing him to miss part of Queen Elizabeth II's lavish Diamond Jubilee celebration, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will be 91 on Sunday.
He was taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London from Windsor Castle "as a precautionary measure after developing a bladder infection, which is being assessed and treated," the palace said in a statement.
The queen's husband will remain hospitalized and under observation "for a few days," the statement noted.
Prince Charles commented on his father's illness while addressing the massive crowd that packed the Buckingham Palace grounds for a concert Monday night that featured music icons including Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
Philip will also miss Tuesday's service of thanksgiving, luncheon and carriage procession marking the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth's coronation. "He is, understandably, disappointed," the palace said.
Over the Christmas holidays Philip spent four days in Papworth Hospital for a blocked coronary artery.
In 2011, when Philip hit 90, he said he would gradually "wind down" his workload.
Philip is the longest-serving consort in British history. He married then-Princess Elizabeth in November 1947 in Westminster Abbey. They had two children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, before she acceded to the throne, and two afterward: Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. They have eight grandchildren.
After Elizabeth became queen, Philip gave up his naval career to support her and began a long career of charity work, notable for its initiatives for young people.
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