Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, admitted to hospital for hip surgery

Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, admitted to hospital for hip surgery

Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, has been admitted to the hospital for a previously scheduled hip surgery.

The Queen had marked Easter Sunday without Prince Philip at this years' service. Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their third child this month, and Prince Harry plans to marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle.

This isn't the first time Prince Philip has experienced health issues.

The week before that, Prince Philip also pulled out of an engagement where he was due to formally hand his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards onto his son, Prince Andrew, but could not attend as he was feeling unwell.

The Duke stepped down from his public duties last summer but on occasions does still attend events with the Queen.

The Duke, who is the longest-serving consort in British history, has not been in good health in recent times.

He was admitted on Tuesday to a London private hospital regularly used by the royals in preparation for a hip operation on Wednesday, the Palace said. The hip surgery is planned to be conducted tomorrow. The surgery was conducted under general anesthetic and the palace later said he was progressing satisfactorily but would remain in the hospital for approximately two weeks.

The 96-year-old is being cared for at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London.

Queen Elizabeth paid tribute to her husband in November 1997 during their Golden Wedding Celebrations.

Philip is now expected to attend Harry and Markle's May 19 wedding at St. George's Chapel with other members of the royal family.

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