Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital with infection

The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital on Tuesday as “a precautionary measure”, Buckingham Palace has said.

He is being treated at the King Edward VII Hospital, London, for an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.

The BBC understands his hospital stay is “not a cause for serious concern” and the palace said the duke was “up and about and in good spirits”.

The duke, 96, said in May that he would retirefrom royal duties this autumn – a move supported by the Queen.

She is still carrying out her official engagements and on Wednesday delivered the Queen’s Speech to Parliament.The duke was at the Queen’s side on Tuesday afternoon for the opening day of the four-day Ascot race meeting.

It is understood he was not admitted to hospital as an emergency but, on a doctor’s advice, was driven from Windsor Castle to the central London hospital on Tuesday evening.

How long he will remain there is not yet knownPrince Philip has spent much of his life in good health, but he was treated for a blocked coronary artery in 2011 and a bladder infection in 2012. That saw him miss much of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

He backs healthy eating and exercise. He drinks moderately, takes the stairs and says he still fits into the uniform he wore on the day he married the Queen, almost 70 years ago.

Source: bbc