Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital

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The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital last night as a “precautionary measure”.

The Duke was admitted for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition, Buckingham Palace said.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital. Picture; Julie Bull.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital. Picture; Julie Bull.

Buckingham Palace confirmed The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital as a “precautionary measure” for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition,

Philip was supposed to be accompanying the Queen to the State Opening of parliament on Wednesday but his place has been taken by the Prince of Wales.

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A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last night, as a precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.

“Prince Philip is in good spirits and is disappointed to be missing the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot.

“The Prince of Wales will accompany the Queen to the State Opening.

“Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot as planned this afternoon.”

Earlier this year the Duke announced he would be stepping down from public duties.