Prince Philip is aiming to return to Sandringham in time to spend Christmas Day with the Queen and the rest of the royal family.

The 98-year-old is tonight being nursed on a private ward at King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone for a second night - 24 hours after arriving there by helicopter for an unspecified pre-existing condition.

A source last night told the Sunday Mirror: “The Duke does not like a fuss and desperately wants to get out of hospital and back home to Norfolk as soon as possible.

“Christmas is a time when family come together and the royals are no different in that regard.”

The Duke of Edinburgh was moved from Sandringham to London for “observation and treatment” following a bout of of ill health following “a nasty fall”.

Police Officers guard the entrance to King Edward VII Hospital where Philip has been admitted

It is understood the admission was “a precautionary measure”, on the advice of his doctor.

But it has caused concern to courtiers, who say he has become “increasingly frail” since retiring from public duties two and a half years ago and now mainly lives at Wood Farm on the Norfolk estate.

Prince Philip has been hospitalised on a number of occassions in recent years, including in 2011 when he spent Christmas Day and Boxing Day on a ward after being treated for a blocked coronary artery and undergoing “a minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting”.

The duke wants to return home to spend Christmas with his family, sources say

He has been treated in hospital for abdominal surgery, bladder infections and an operation under general anaesthetic on his hip last year.

And he suffers from arthritis in his right wrist and broke a bone in his ankle playing polo.

He also developed synovitis, a rheumatic condition of the tendon in the hand, after a polo fall.

The announcement that Prince Philip had gone to hospital on the advice of his doctor was made just before 2pm on Friday.

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The Queen, 93, caught the 10.42am Great Northern service from King’s Cross, London, and arrived at platform two in King’s Lynn, Norfolk at 12.31pm before being driven the 30 minutes to Sandringham in a Range Rover — meaning she and the Duke missed

each other en route.

Yesterday it was understood the Duke was in “good spirits.”

Our source added: “Barring any complications I wouldn’t bet against him being back with the Queen and the rest of the family for Christmas dinner .”