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Britain's Prince Philip hospitalised with infection

23 June 2017

The 96-year-old prince left Windsor Castle in Berkshire on Tuesday evening and was driven to King Edward VII Hospital in London on the advice of a doctor. He once said he more or less followed the Atkins diet and he drinks only moderately.

His illness meant he missed the official state opening of parliament and another trip to Ascot on Wednesday.

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Asked how the Duke was faring, Philip's son and heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles told reporters: "He's getting better".

Her Majesty, 91, arrived to Parliament by auto (rather than riding in the majestic Diamond Jubilee State Coach, as she does most years with husband Prince Philip), and chose to wear a floral day dress, brightly-hued coat and matching hat in place of the traditional Robe of the State and the Imperial State Crown. The Sword of State and Cap of Maintenance were also carried.

Prince Philip has been admitted to a hospital for treatment of an infection and will not be able to attend the queen's speech, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday. "Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot as planned this afternoon".

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Earlier this year he announced he would step down from public royal duties in the autumn, but Buckingham Palace said it was not health-related.

Since his retirement, Prince Philip has been spotted on several occasions carriage racing.

They attended the Trooping the Colour ceremony at the weekend, joining the rest of the royals to celebrate the Queen's 91st birthday.

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Britain's Prince Philip hospitalised with infection