Britain's Prince Philip does not have COVID, royal source says

Brenda Watkins
February 19, 2021

The Queen has remained at Windsor Castle where she and her husband have been spending lockdown.

Britain's 99-year-old Prince Philip has been admitted to a London hospital after feeling unwell, Buckingham Palace says.

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"There can be no doubt that the queen and the family will be concerned but the palace is saying that this is a precautionary measure and it is not the first time he has been hospitalized in recent years in a similar way", said ABC News royal contributor Victoria Murphy.

The statement from the palace revealed he was likely to stay in hospital for a few days of rest and observation.

But palace spokespeople have gone out of their way to emphasise that this was not an emergency admission and that it was precautionary.

He was taken to hospital by auto and walked in unaided.

Prince Philip, who is expected to celebrate his 100th birthday in June, was vaccinated against the coronavirus in January along with his wife, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Other thought he might miss the big Christmas gathering in 2019 after being admitted to the same hospital for an undisclosed condition in mid-December.

In 2019, the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a vehicle crash when he attempted to pull out of a driveway near the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

Before that, he spent 10 days in hospital following a scheduled hip replacement.

In June 2017 the Duke was admitted to hospital after becoming ill with an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.

On the advice of his doctor, the Duke of Edinburgh was taken to King Edward VII hospital in London.

Prince Charles accompanied the Queen instead of his father to the State Opening of Parliament - the 11th time he had missed the occasion since 1956.

In 2011, he was rushed to a hospital by helicopter after suffering chest pains and treated for a blocked coronary artery.

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