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LONDON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Prince Philip, 99, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, was admitted to hospital Tuesday night as a precaution against an illness unrelated to the corona virus.
The prince, whose official title is Duke of Edinburgh, has not been hospitalized for a short period of time, according to a royal source.
“Duke’s permission is a precautionary measure on the advice of his Royal Highness physician, in the event of ill health,” Buckcomb Palace said in a statement.
Felipe is at King Edward VII Hospital in London, where he is expected to spend a few days in observation and rest. The source said he did not have a COVID-19 related illness.
The 94-year-old queen is staying at Windsor Castle near London, where the couple is staying during the British Corona virus outbreak. Both received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in January.
Felipe has not appeared in public since retiring from his official involvement in August 2017. He was admitted to the hospital in late 2019.
The Greek-born former naval officer has been hospitalized several times over the past decade, including treatment for infection in 2017 and hip replacement surgery.
(Reported by Sarah Young, Paul Sandil and Michael Holden. Lucila Sigal edited in Spanish)