Prince Philip will spend 'a few more days' in hospital

Buckingham Palace said the hospital visit is simply a

He said: "I think it's a hard time for the Queen because I think she's already been passing work down to the other generations and relying on members of the royal family nearly to pick up what she's stepping away from". The 98-year-old was not taken by ambulance and it was a planned admission.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attended church near her country estate while her husband of 72 years, Prince Philip, remained in a London hospital Sunday.

The Queen is expected to attend church this evening NZ time, but it is not known if Philip will be well enough to join her.

"What we've found with this particular story unfolding is the fact that we always talk as royal correspondents, or ex correspondents, about the queen knowing everything, having seen everything before", he said. Then you eat it the following Christmas!

"And the same happens at Balmoral".

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George preparing special Christmas puddings.

The Duke of Edinburgh has spent a third night in hospital in London being treated for a "pre-existing condition".

"The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness' Doctor".

The duke is reported to have been flown to London by helicopter and was expected to be in hospital for a few days.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told on Friday: "The fact that the Queen went by train as usual to Sandringham for Christmas today, indicated that although Prince Philip had to go to hospital for observation and treatment of a pre-existing condition, it was business as usual as much as it could be". "The four generations of the Royal Family represent a cross-section of those supported by the Legion, from the children of service personnel, to Second World War veterans", the statement continued.

The royal expert described Philip as a "Homeric warrior" who has shown extraordinary stamina in his later years.



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