Britain's Prince Philip hospitalised but in 'good spirits'

Britain's Prince Philip sits in a train on a journey marking the 175th anniversary of the first train journey by a British monarch, travelling from Slough to London Paddington, Britain on June 13, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday (June 20) and will miss the formal opening of Parliament, but remains in "good spirits", a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday (June 21).

Philip, who is also known as the Duke of Edinburgh and has sometimes drawn attention with headline-grabbing gaffes, has been by the queen's side throughout her 65 years on the throne and she has described him as "my strength and stay".

"The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last night, as a precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition," a spokesman for the Palace said. "Prince Philip is in good spirits and is disappointed to be missing the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot," the spokesman said.

Prince Charles, the queen's son, will accompany her to the opening of parliament.

Philip in May said he would retire later this year from active public life.

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