Prince Philip was transferred to a specialised London heart hospital to undergo testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition. The 99 year old husband of Queen Elizabeth was moved from King Edward VII’s hospital where he was treated since February 17 to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital which specialises in cardiac care. Reports from Buckingham Palace said that the Prince was responding to treatment and is likely to remain in hospital till the end of the week. Photographers and TV crews at the King Edward hospital had seen a patient moved into an ambulance, shielded from watching media outside by staff with umbrellas and police but had no confirmation that it was the Prince.
Prince Philip retired from royal duties in 2017 and rarely appears in public. During the lockdown period, he was staying at the Windsor Castle with the Queen. He married Elizabeth in 1947 and is the longest serving royal consort in British history. The couple has 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
The Greek born Philip who will turn 100 in June has required hospital treatment quite a few times in the last decade for a recurring gall bladder infection. In 2011, he had an operation to clear a blocked artery in his heart. He has been at the Queen’s side throughout her 69 year reign till he retired from public life in 2017.