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Prince Philip to miss remaining Jubilee celebrations after being taken to hospital

04 JUNE 2012

The Queen will attend the rest of the Jubilee celebrations without Prince Phillip, who was taken to hospital on Monday with a bladder infection.

He is being treated at London's King Edward VII hospital, and will remain there for a few days.


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Philip, who turns 91 on Sunday, was taken in from Windsor Castle as precautionary measure.

His illness is not being linked to the Thames River Pageant, during which he stood for four hours in cold and rain with the monarch.

A statement released by Buckingham Palace said : "The Duke of Edinburgh was this afternoon taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London as a precautionary measure after developing a bladder infection. He is currently receiving treatment.

"He will remain in hospital under observation for a few days.

"He is understandably disappointed at missing this evening’s Diamond Jubilee concert and tomorrow's engagements."

The Duke was due to be at the Queen's side at a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday morning.

He was also to take part in a carriage procession and a reception at Mansion House, as well as making an appearance on Buckingham Palace balcony to watch an RAF fly-past.

Prince Philip was taken to the Paddington hospital after ambulance control in Windsor received a call at 2pm saying he was feeling unwell.

His doctor had already been called and was with him when paramedics arrived.

The latest health problem comes after Philip spent four days in hospital over Christmas. He had minor heart surgery after complaining of chest pains while staying in Sandringham.

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