“After the successful surgery on the Duke of Edinburgh at St Bartholomew’s Hospital on Wednesday, His Royal Highness was transferred to King Edward VII Hospital this morning“, said the palace in a statement.
The prince, who will celebrate his hundredth birthday in June, will stay there “several days to continue treatment“, he added.
Hospitalized since February 16, Prince Philip was transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in central London on Monday and suffered a “intervention“for a heart problem in this establishment, which has the largest specialized cardiovascular service in Europe.
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This transfer had raised fears of a deterioration in his state of health, but on Wednesday his daughter-in-law Camilla, wife of Crown Prince Charles, had indicated that he was “slightly improving“.
The “suffers at times“, added the Duchess of Cornwall, adding:”We’re wishing for the best“.
– Storm –
His hospitalization comes in the midst of a storm for the British monarchy, faced with the crisis caused by the next broadcast on Sunday of the interview-confession granted by Prince Harry, grandson of the queen, and his wife Meghan Markle on American television, almost a year after their effective withdrawal from the monarchy and their exile in California.
Renowned for his strong character but also for his blunders or jokes in bad taste, Prince Philip was hospitalized in February by measure of “precaution“after feeling bad.
Buckingham Palace had specified a few days later that this hospitalization was due to an infection.
Her son, Prince Charles, had visited her.
Prince Philip, born in Corfu on June 10, 1921 with the titles of Prince of Greece and Denmark, in 2009 broke the record for the longevity of the spouses of British monarchs held by Charlotte, wife of George III.
He retired in August 2017, having participated in more than 22,000 official public engagements since his wife’s accession to the throne in 1952.
He has already been hospitalized several times since 2017, the most recent dating back to December 2019 for “pre-existing health problems“.
In January 2019, he was in a spectacular car accident when his Land Rover crashed into another vehicle coming out of a driveway in Sandringham Estate and overturned. Unscathed, he had then given up driving.
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