Prince Philip is admitted to hospital for hip surgery

Prince Philip is admitted to hospital for hip surgery

The 96-year-old, who retired from his royal duties last year, checked in to King Edward VII Hospital in London yesterday, for hip surgery.

The aging Duke of Edinburgh has been ailing as of late, and as People reports, His Royal Highness was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday afternoon for pre-planned hip surgery.

Buckingham Palace has said it will provide updates "when appropriate" but has not provided details about the nature of the surgery.

Instead of having her husband by her side, the Queen was accompanied by extended members of the royal family, including Prince William, Kate Middleton, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie and Zara Phillips. The Duke of Edinburgh has reportedly been ailing for the past several days.

Greek-born Philip has remained at his wife's side throughout her 66-year reign, the longest in British history, and has earned a reputation for brusque comments and occasional gaffes at some of the thousands of ceremonial events he has attended.

Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, attends a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt in central London on August 2, 2017.

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Concerns regarding Philip's health first started to emerge last June after the father-of-four was hospitalized for an infection caused by a pre-existing condition.

They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

After the second world war, he got married to Elizabeth II in 1947 and abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles.

Officially, Queen Elizabeth has supported Prince Philip's decision to retire.

Aged just 18 months, he and his family were evacuated in a British Royal Navy ship from politically unstable Greece, with the toddler reputedly carried in a cot made from an orange box.

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