The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to hospital in London from Norfolk this morning.

Prince Philip, 98, has travelled from Norfolk to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing
condition, Buckingham Palace said.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke of Edinburgh travelled from Norfolk this morning to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition.

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

The Duke is expected to be in hospital for a few days.

He was not taken by ambulance and it was a planned admission.

Queen Elizabeth II with the Duke of Edinburgh joins members of the Order of Merit for a group photograph ahead of a luncheon at Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Queen Elizabeth II with the Duke of Edinburgh joins members of the Order of Merit for a group photograph ahead of a luncheon at Windsor Castle, Berkshire

Earlier today The Queen arrived at Sandringham for her Christmas break.

She caught the 10.42am Great Northern service from King's Cross station in London and arrived at platform two in King's Lynn on time, at 12.31pm.

The 93-year-old monarch, carrying a black handbag and wearing a salmon pink coat and patterned headscarf, stepped from the front carriage of the train onto the platform.

She briefly mingled with passengers before she was escorted through a side exit known as the Royal Gate to a waiting Range Rover.

Sandringham, the Queen's private estate in Norfolk, is a 30-minute drive from King's Lynn.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at King's Lynn railway station in Norfolk,

The Queen's arrival at Sandringham on a Friday is a change from recent years when she has tended to travel on a Thursday.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, who spends much of his time at Sandringham since he retired from public duties in 2017, will be joined by other members of the royal family for part of the festive period.

Events will the family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte could attend the service for the first time this year, according to reports.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at King's Lynn railway station in Norfolk

However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be absent, instead opting to spend their first Christmas as parents with the Duchess's mother Doria Ragland.

Reports have suggested that the Duke of York, who has had a tumultuous end to the year after his disastrous appearance on the BBC's Newsnight programme, may join the Queen at church.

His attempt to explain his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein backfired and he was heavily criticised for showing a lack of empathy towards Epstein's victims and remorse over his friendship with the disgraced financier.

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Andrew attended the Queen's pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace earlier this week.

In recent years the Queen has been driven by chauffeur to the church on December 25 while other family members walk the short distance from Sandringham House to join her.