Prince Philip in hospital for planned hip surgery, Buckingham Palace says

Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital for 'planned surgery'

Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital for 'planned surgery'

The aging Duke of Edinburgh has been ailing as of late, and as People reports, His Royal Highness was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday afternoon for pre-planned hip surgery.

Prince Philip was admitted at King Edward VII Hospital in central London earlier in the day.

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Philip retired from his official royal duties last August, however, a spokesperson confirmed that he would still be attending events from "time to time".

It said that the hospital admission and surgery were planned ahead of time.

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Despite officially retiring in 2017, Philip appeared publicly with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family last December for Christmas morning church services and even participated in the family's yearly walk in Sandringham. "Further updates will be issued when appropriate", the Palace shared. "That's more important than someone's chronological age". He was hospitalized in June 2017 for treatment of an infection which resulted from a pre-existing condition.

On Sunday, Prince Philip was absent from an Easter service, which was attended by his wife and other members of the royal family at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, which is also the venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19, CNN reported. 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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His sometimes blunt comments and off-the-cuff remarks have caused both shock and amusement. Philip has British and German blood through his mother, a great grand-daughter of Queen Victoria.

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