UK's Prince Philip has 'successful' heart procedure

Henrietta Strickland
March 4, 2021

At 99, Prince Philip is now spending a third week in a central London hospital where he is undergoing testing for a pre-existing heart condition and treatment for an infection.

As 99-year-old Prince Philip continues to be in hospital for his health condition, his wife and Queen Elizabeth is making sure the scheduled royal engagements don't take a beating.

He is undergoing testing for a pre-existing heart condition and treatment for an infection after being moved by ambulance to St Bartholomew's Hospital in the City of London on Monday.

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Prince Charles at the rear entrance to King Edward VII hospital on 20 February 2021 to visit Prince Philip.

Philip has been treated for heart problems in the past and in 2011 was rushed to hospital by helicopter from Sandringham after suffering chest pains as the royal family were preparing for Christmas.

St Bartholomew's, or St Bart's as it is known, is renowned for its cardiovascular treatment, and its website states it has one of the UK's leading specialist cardiac centres, "offering state-of-the-art treatments for the full range of heart conditions".

Yesterday, Camilla revealed Prince Philip is "slightly improving" in hospital where he is being treated.

"We keep our fingers crossed", she added. The palace has said the duke's illness is not Covid-related.

The Queen and the Duke, who have been married for 73 years, received their Covid-19 jabs at Windsor Castle, Berks, in January.

Philip retired in 2017 and rarely appears in public.

Palace sources have repeatedly insisted that although the Duke has never before spent so long in hospital, his doctors were "acting with an abundance of caution".

The Queen, 94, has been continuing with her work despite her husband's long hospital stay, including taking calls with Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, before the budget. He and the queen have four children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The news comes ahead of a "tell-all" interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey which is set to air in the United Kingdom on Monday night, despite criticism of its timing.

"I don't know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there was an active role that the firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us", the duchess says.

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