UK's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, taken to hospital as a precaution
Duke of Edinburgh was able to walk into the hospital unaided
Britain's Prince Philip, the 98-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, was taken to hospital on Friday as a precaution for treatment of an existing condition, Buckingham Palace said.
Philip, whose official title is the Duke of Edinburgh, was able to walk into the hospital unaided and a royal source said it was not an emergency admission.
He had travelled from the royal family's Sandringham home in Norfolk, eastern England, to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation and treatment.
In a statement the palace said: "The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’ Doctor."
He is expected to stay there for a few days.
Philip, who has been at his wife's side throughout her record-breaking 67 years on the throne, retired from public life in August 2017 although he has occasionally appeared at official engagements since.
He has not been seen in public since the wedding of Elizabeth's first cousin once removed, Gabriella Windsor, in May at Windsor Castle.
The 93-year-old queen carried out the official opening of parliament on Thursday.
On Friday she was pictured arriving in Norfolk before heading to Sandringham where the royal family traditionally gathers for Christmas.
Philip has needed hospital treatment several times in recent years.
In 2011, he spent Christmas in hospital after an operation to clear a blocked artery in his heart and he missed the end of celebrations to mark his wife's 60th year on the throne in 2012 after being hospitalised with a bladder infection.
The Greek-born former naval officer then underwent "an exploratory operation following abdominal investigations" in 2013.
He was admitted to hospital in 2017 for treatment for an infection, also arising from a pre-existing condition, and last year, he had hip-replacement surgery which required a 10-day stay.
In January this year, he escaped unhurt when his Land Rover flipped over after a collision with another car near the Sandringham estate. He then had to give up his driving licence after police gave him a warning for driving without wearing a seat belt two days later.
The queen has described Philip, whom she married at London's Westminster Abbey in 1947, as her "strength and stay" during her long reign.
The couple, whose relationship has been dramatised in the popular Netflix TV programme "The Crown", celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary in November.
Updated: December 20, 2019 07:51 PM