Prince Philip to “remain in hospital for days”

07:48 07 June 2012

The Duke of York outside the King Edward VII Hospital PIC: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The Duke of York outside the King Edward VII Hospital PIC: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Prince Philip is “mending very well” said Prince Philip following visits by the Queen and family to his bed-side in hospital.

Philip, who was forced to miss some of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations because of a bladder infection, has now been visited by the Queen, Andrew, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, Louise and James.

Outside the King Edward VII Hospital in central London, Andrew said: “Oh, he’s mending very well. Thank you very much indeed.”

The Queen spent around 50 minutes at her husband’s bedside and smiled broadly when she came out of the hospital as a small crowd of well-wishers cheered.

He has now spent three nights in hospital.

A palace statement said: “The treatment of his infection continues with antibiotics. He is likely to remain in hospital over the next few days. He is in good spirits.”

The illness forced Philip to miss several key events of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, including a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and the concert outside Buckingham Palace.

Last December Philip underwent a successful procedure to clear a blocked coronary artery and was in hospital for four nights over Christmas.

Before the heart scare he had been fit and apparently healthy, and led the active life of a man of younger years.

In March this year his grandson Prince Harry said the operation had given him “a new spurt of life”.

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