Prince Philip admitted to hospital for hip operation

Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital for hip surgery

Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, has been admitted to the hospital for a previously scheduled hip surgery.

His surgery comes ahead of a busy time for the royal family, with Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, due to give birth to her third child some time this month, and the wedding of his grandson, Prince Harry, with Meghan Markle on May 19.

The 96-year-old royal, who is married to Queen Elizabeth II, skipped Easter services this past weekend in order to rest up prior to his operation.

Before resigning his position as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards at the end of previous year, Prince Philip officially retired from his public life earlier in 2017.

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Prince Philip is the longest-serving consort in British history.

Prince Philip has been admitted to a London hospital to have surgery on his hip. "Further updates will be issued when appropriate", the palace said in a statement.

The queen's husband is known to be active and robust for his age, although he suffered a few health scares in recent years. Over the last week, Prince Philip's health has prevented him from attending traditional Maundy and Easter services at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel alongside Queen Elizabeth.

FILE PHOTO: Police officers stand outside King Edward VII hospital where Britain's Prince Philip is receiving treatment, London, June 21, 2017. A royal source told Reuters: "The duke was keen to attend but made this decision because he was experiencing some trouble with his hip".

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