Buckingham Palace reveals Prince Philip is suffering from an infection and will remain in hospital over coming days:
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Prince Philip is receiving treatment for an infection in hospital where he is expected to stay over the following days.
In a statement on Tuesday afternoon (23 February), the Palace said, “The Duke of Edinburgh remains at King Edward VII’s Hospital where he is receiving medical attention for an infection.
He added, “We’ve had some brilliant and lovely messages from all sorts of people and we really appreciate that and so does he, I’ve been passing them on. It’s fantastic, thank you.”
The Prince was one of the first pupils at Gordonstoun boarding school in Moray, Scotland, attending from 1933-1939. He was the first of three generations of royals to attend the school, with Prince Charles boarding in the 1960s, and Princess Annes children enrolling in the 1990s.
Prince Philips engagement to Princess Elizabeth was announced on 9 July 1946, after he asked permission from her father, King George VI. In order to marry into the British Royal family, Prince Philip became a British citizen, and renounced his Greek title in favour of Mountbatten, the anglicised version of his mothers name. He also agreed not to invite his sisters to the wedding, as they were all married to Germans and tensions were still high following the war.
Prince Philip married Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 in Westminster Abbey. He received new titles, including the Duke of Edinburgh, for which he is best known, and his Royal Highness. It is estimated around 200 million people tuned into the BBC radio broadcast of the wedding.
In 1948, Prince Philip became a father for the first time when Princess Elizabeth gave birth to Prince Charles. Princess Anne was born two years later.
King George VI died 6 February 1952, making his oldest daughter Princess Elizabeth, Queen. This made the Duke of Edinburgh consort to Queen Elizabeth II. The coronation took place on 2 June 1953 and was an important feature in making television a mainstream medium, with over 20 million people tuning in to watch.