The goings-on within the royal family are often kept within the walls of Buckingham Palace, which made it somewhat surprising when a spokesperson for the palace confirmed that Prince Philip has been dealing with health issues. Queen Elizabeth's husband of 72 years was admitted to a London hospital on Dec. 20 for treatment for a "pre-existing condition."
Why was Prince Philip hospitalized? This isn't the first time the 98-year-old struggled with his health.
Read on for a timeline of the royal's health battles, including his past serious car accident and his other hospitalizations.
Why was Prince Philip hospitalized?
Though Prince Philip has been alive for nearly a century, this recent change in his health was somewhat surprising for the public. The palace said in a statement that his hospitalization on Dec. 20 was nothing out of the ordinary, and that it was done to be proactive.
"The Duke of Edinburgh traveled from Norfolk this morning to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition," the statement read. "The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’ Doctor."
According to multiple reports, Prince Philip has been dealing with a serious cold in recent weeks which, combined with his age, has the potential to become dangerous. He walked to the hospital and was not taken in an ambulance, which some are taking to be a good sign.
He is expected to stay in the hospital for several days, but it will not affect Queen Elizabeth's Christmas plans at Sandringham. She traveled to her estate there while Prince Philip was getting admitted to the hospital.
Prince Philip hasn't made any public appearances for the palace alongside his wife for several months. He officially retired from his royal duties in 2017, and has not been spotted publicly since May of 2019. While Queen Elizabeth's Christmas tradition is to attend a service at Sandringham, her husband has not joined her in doing so since 2017.
Though it appears that Prince Philip's cold is under control now that it is being monitored by doctors, the royal has been dealing with some health concerns over the last few years.
A timeline of Prince Philip's health battles.
Before his December hospitalization, Prince Philip's most recent scrape was when he got into a car accident in January of 2019. While driving near the Sandringham estate, the Duke of Edinburgh flipped his Land Rover, and it landed with the driver's side face up. He hit another car, which had two women and a baby boy inside.
After the crash, Prince Philip surrendered his license, and several months later it was revealed that he wouldn't be prosecuted for it. The people in the other car dealt with minor injuries, while the baby was unharmed.
He also got a hip replacement in April of 2018 to deal with joint pain. He spent 11 days in the hospital after the operation, and skipped a public appearance at an Easter service with Queen Elizabeth as a result.
In 2012, while the Queen was celebrating her Diamond Jubilee — for her 60th anniversary of being the queen — he experienced a bladder infection and was admitted to the hospital as well.
Plus, in December of 2011, Prince Philip went to the hospital after having chest pains at the Sandringham estate Christmas celebration. It was discovered that one of his arteries was blocked, and it was operated on immediately. He was released from the hospital just four days later.
We wish Prince Philip a speedy recovery, as we await any further confirmation about his health from the palace.
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