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Prince Philip hospital latest news – Queen stays upbeat as the Duke to stay at St Bart’s for ANOTHER week

THE Queen cracked a few jokes during a video chat with Australian officials as Prince Philip is set to stay in hospital for another week.

The 94-year-old Monach pressed on with royal duties as her husband was transferred to a second hospital to be treated for a heart condition.

Prince Philip was taken to the King Edward VII hospital two weeks ago as a "precautionary measure" for an infection.

But Buckingham Palace today revealed the Duke has now been taken to London's St Bartholomew hospital until at least the end of the week and added that he is also being treated for a heart condition.

Philip has so far spent a total of 13 nights being cared for by medics - his longest ever stay in hospital - but according to the Mail the Queen currently has no plans to visit him in hospital at this stage.

The Palace said: "The Duke of Edinburgh was today transferred from King Edward VII’s Hospital to St Bartholomew’s Hospital where doctors will continue to treat him for an infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition. 

"The Duke remains comfortable and is responding to treatment but is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week."

Follow our Prince Philip live blog below for the very latest on his condition...

  • PREVIOUS HEART PROBLEMS

    Philip has been treated for heart problems in the past and in 2011 was rushed to hospital by helicopter from Sandringham after suffering chest pains as the royal family was preparing for Christmas.

    In the serious health scare, he was treated for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire and underwent a minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting.

    The Queen, their children and grandchildren visited during his four-night stay, which saw him spend Christmas and Boxing Day in hospital.

    St Bartholomew’s is an internationally renowned hospital and Barts Heart Centre is Europe’s largest specialised cardiovascular service and a centre of excellence for both cardiac and cancer care

  • "MORE IMPORTANT THINGS THAN HARRY AND MEGHAN"

    The Royal family have “more important things to worry about” than Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah, according to royal aides.

    Senior royal sources told The Sun the family was “pretty appalled” by the idea of the recorded chat with Oprah Winfrey being broadcast while Philip lies in hospital.

    Now Buckingham Palace aides have told The Telegraph that the family’s focus is solely on the poorly Duke.

    One said: “The family is very worried about him and their thoughts are very much with him rather than this Oprah interview. They have much more important things to worry about.”

    While another senior aide said: “This programme is really not something we are focusing on at the moment.”

  • PRINCE PHILIP ‘ASKED CHARLES TO VISIT HIM IN HOSPITAL’

    Prince Philip asked Charles to come and visit him in hospital to discuss the future of the Royal Family, an insider revealed.

    Last weekend, Prince Charles visited his father in hospital and according to the Queen’s former press officer Dickie Arbiter, the visit would have been at Philip’s “request”.

    Speaking on True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat, Arbiter explained that Philip was likely concerned about the future of the Royal Family.

    “I think it was at the request of the Duke that the Prince of Wales visited. To lay the ground. Look the man is 99, he is in with an infection,” he said.

    “My guess is that he will come out, he will walk out and he will go back to Windsor. But eventually he is going to die and he was just saying to Charles, ‘one day you are going to be the leading man of the family.’”

  • EXPLAINED: WHY ISN’T PRINCE PHILIP KING?

    The reason for Philip not becoming King when he married the Queen stems from a parliamentary law.

    The law relating to succession doesn’t relate to bloodline – only gender.

    The spouse of a ruling king or queen is known as a consort.

    Strangely, in British royalty a man who marries the queen is known as the prince consort but a woman who marries the king will be the queen consort.

  • QUEEN IN GOOD SPIRITS

    The Queen was cheerful during a video chat with high-ranking officials in Australia - she even made a few jokes.

    The call - made on February 24 - was with the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le, and the Hon. Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia.

    At the start of the call, Her Majesty is seen chuckling after saying: "Good morning. Well that's good morning to me I don't know what time of the day it is to you."

  • "WHY ARE THEY DOING IT?"

    Talking ahead of the Oprah interview, Penny Junor, who wrote Prince Harry, Brother, Soldier, Son, said: “It’s bad timing when they’re going to be saying ‘poor us’.”

    A senior royal source asked: “Why are they doing it?”

  • HARRY AND MEGHAN URGED TO DELAY OPRAH CHAT

    Harry and Meghan were last night urged to think of poorly Prince Philip and delay their Oprah TV chat.

    Two trailers promising “shocking” royal revelations were released as the frail Duke, 99, moved hospital for heart checks.

    Senior royal sources said the family was “pretty appalled” by the idea of the recorded chat with Oprah Winfrey being broadcast while Philip lies in hospital.

    In the trailers, Harry says he believed Meghan would suffer the same fate as his mother Diana and feared “history repeating itself”.

    Meghan is asked why she felt her time as a duchess was “almost unsurvivable”.

  • BUCKINGHAM PALACE STATEMENT ON PRINCE PHILIP

    Prince Philip has so far spent a total of 13 nights being cared for by medics – his longest ever stay in hospital.

    A statement said: “The Duke of Edinburgh was today transferred from King Edward VII’s Hospital to St Bartholomew’s Hospital where doctors will continue to treat him for an infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition.

    “The Duke remains comfortable and is responding to treatment but is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week.”

    Earlier this week, Prince Edward said he had spoken to his father on the phone, who was “looking forward to getting out”.

    He told Sky: “As far as I’m aware, well I did speak to them the other day, so he’s a lot better thank you very much indeed, and he’s looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing. So we keep our fingers crossed.

  • QUEEN PRESSES ON WITH DUTIES

    A video of the Queen pressing on with her royal duties was released tonight hours after Prince Philip was transferred to a specialist hospital as he battles a heart condition.

    The upbeat clip shows the hard-working Monarch in good spirits during a video chat with high-ranking officials in Australia - even cracking a few jokes.

    The call - made on February 24 - was with the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le, and the Hon. Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia.

    Looking relaxed the dedicated 94-year-old made three jokes as she was shown a new statue of herself which has been erected on the other side of the world.

  • CONTINUED

    At the start of the call, Her Majesty is seen chuckling after saying: "Good morning. Well that's good morning to me I don't know what time of the day it is to you."

    The dedicated royal is then told about the vaccine roll-out programme in South Australia and how Aussies are "getting back to normal".

    The Queen replied: "That sounds very good. It must be very encouraging they can all get together too."

    She is later shown video of the life-size statute that has just been installed at Government House, in Adelaide.

    Hieu Van Le told how it is "the most popular place for people to take photographs" and they "feel very close to you through standing in front of this statue".

  • LIFE OF SERVICE

    A video of the Queen pressing on with her royal duties was released tonight hours after Prince Philip was transferred to a specialist hospital as he battles a heart condition.

    The upbeat clip shows the hard-working Monarch in good spirits during a video chat with high-ranking officials in Australia - even cracking a few jokes.

    The call - made on February 24 - was with the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le, and the Hon. Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia.

    Looking relaxed the dedicated 94-year-old made three jokes as she was shown a new statue of herself which has been erected on the other side of the world.

  • ROYALS TOLD TO HIDE BEHIND SOFA

    The Royal Family have been warned to "hide behind the sofa" when Harry and Meghan’s tell-all chat with Oprah Winfrey airs next month. 

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have sat down with the chat show queen in a 90-minute interview — with Oprah’s pals suggesting "nothing will be off-limits".

    It is believed the couple used the interview to "get what they want to say off their chests" before they announced they have permanently quit as frontline royals on Friday.

    It was filmed on Tuesday — the same day the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was taken to the hospital — in the Californian enclave where Harry and Meghan are neighbours of 67-year-old Oprah Winfrey, reports the Times.

  • EXPLAINED: WHEN DOES PRINCE PHILIP TURN 100?

    Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh turned 99 in June, 2020.

    He will hit a significant milestone this year when he turns 100.

    He was born in 1921 in Greece.

  • OTHER ROYAL NEWS: A QUICK UPDATE

  • PIERS MORGAN HITS OUT AT HARRY AND MEGHAN

    Piers Morgan has slammed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's "self-wallowing narcissism" during their interview with Oprah Winfrey as Prince Philip remains in hospital.

    A dramatic sneak preview of the CBS interview with the couple was was released in the early hours of this morning.

    Piers accused Harry and Meghan of being "hypocrites" for complaining about being hounded by the press but also agreeing to the interview with Oprah.

    The Good Morning Britain host also criticised Harry for saying life was "unbelievably tough" in California after leaving the Royal Family - while his grandfather is seriously ill in hospital.

  • IRON DUKE HAS REMAINED ACTIVE DESPITE GRAND OLD AGE

    Prince Philip has very much been business as usual over the past year, even in his grand old age.

    The Duke has remained active throughout the Covid pandemic – sending a message to frontline workers at the outbreak of Covid thanking them for their work.

    He also made a rare public appearance last year to pass on his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to Camilla Parker Bowles.

  • PHILIP IN GOOD HANDS AT ST BARTHOLOMEW’S – BRITAIN’S OLDEST HOSPITAL WITH EXCELLENCE IN CARDIAC CARE

    The Duke of Edinburgh has been transferred to a hospital which is a centre of excellence for cardiac care.

    St Bartholomew’s Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust, is in the City of London close to St Paul’s Cathedral, and is Britain’s oldest hospital.

    Barts Heart Centre, based in the hospital’s state-of-the-art King George V building, is Europe’s largest specialised cardiovascular centre, according to the NHS website.

    It has 10 theatres, 10 cath labs and more than 300 general, cardiac and critical care beds.

    The NHS said the centre aspires to perform more heart surgery, MRI and CT scans than any other service in the world.

  • PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNNIEST EVER MOMENTS

    PRINCE Philip has accompanied the Queen around the world multiple times in the 70 years they have been married.

    He has undertaken solo Royal duties and been the Queen’s companion as she tours the UK and the globe – while making the public chuckle, cry with laughter and occasionally cringe at his off-the-cuff comments.

    Here we have compiled a list of 17 times the Duke of Edinburgh made us laugh and wince.

    Read on for the full list.

  • PRINCE PHILIP TREATED FOR HEART PROBLEMS IN THE PAST

    Philip has been treated for heart problems in the past and in 2011 was rushed to hospital by helicopter from Sandringham after suffering chest pains as the royal family was preparing for Christmas.

    In the serious health scare, he was treated for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire and underwent a minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting.

    The Queen, their children and grandchildren visited during his four-night stay, which saw him spend Christmas and Boxing Day in hospital.

    St Bartholomew's is an internationally renowned hospital and Barts Heart Centre is Europe's largest specialised cardiovascular service and a centre of excellence for both cardiac and cancer care

  • PHILIP KNOWN FOR HIS 'NO FUSS' ATTITUDE SAYS ROYAL BIOGRAPHER

    Philip is known for his "no fuss" attitude and to not suffer fools gladly, and Royal biographer Penny Junor said his demeanour in hospital would be important.

    "Let's hope he's not resigned, let's hope he's not being a good patient because I think that would probably be a bad sign - a cantankerous duke is a healthy one," she said.

    The author highlighted how the Queen appeared at ease when she encouraged those who are vaccine hesitant to "think about other people rather than themselves" during a video call last week.

    Ms Junor said: "I think the Queen looked very jolly in a message that she put out the other day about having the vaccine.

    "She doesn't look to me like someone who is desperately worried and waiting for the phone to ring."

  • PRINCE PHILIP 'REMAINS COMFORTABLE AND RESPONDING TO TREATMENT'

    Buckingham Palace said today he has now been moved to London’s St Bartholomew’s hospital until at least the end of the week.

    The Duke will undergo testing for the heart condition at the hospital, which is one of the country’s leading specialist cardiac centres.

    The Palace said: “The Duke of Edinburgh was today transferred from King Edward VII’s Hospital to St Bartholomew’s Hospital where doctors will continue to treat him for an infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition. 

    “The Duke remains comfortable and is responding to treatment but is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week.”

  • PRINCE PHILIP 'ASKED CHARLES TO VISIT HIM IN HOSPITAL'

    Prince Philip asked Charles to come and visit him in hospital to discuss the future of the Royal Family, an insider revealed.

    Last weekend, Prince Charles visited his father in hospital and according to the Queen's former press officer Dickie Arbiter, the visit would have been at Philip’s "request".

    Speaking on True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat, Arbiter explained that Philip was likely concerned about the future of the Royal Family.

    "I think it was at the request of the Duke that the Prince of Wales visited. To lay the ground. Look the man is 99, he is in with an infection," he said.

    "My guess is that he will come out, he will walk out and he will go back to Windsor. But eventually he is going to die and he was just saying to Charles, ‘one day you are going to be the leading man of the family.’"

  • EXPLAINED: WHY ISN'T PRINCE PHILIP KING?

    The reason for Philip not becoming King when he married the Queen stems from a parliamentary law.

    The law relating to succession doesn't relate to bloodline - only gender.

    The spouse of a ruling king or queen is known as a consort.

    Strangely, in British royalty a man who marries the queen is known as the prince consort but a woman who marries the king will be the queen consort.

  • EXPLAINED: HOW OLD IS PRINCE PHILIP?

    Prince Philip is 99 years old and celebrated his last birthday in lockdown with Queen Elizabeth II.

    He will hit a significant milestone on June 10 this year when he turns 100.

    Philip was born in 1921 in Corfu, Greece, but his family was exiled when he was just a child.

    The Duke of Edinburgh formally retired on August 2, 2017, bowing out with a parade of Royal Marine commandos at Buckingham Palace.

    He now takes more of a back seat role, although he occasionally appears alongside other royals at public events.

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