Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip on October 12, 2018 in Windsor.


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Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II aged 99, was already two weeks in hospital in London.

And while the last news evoked an exit from here "several days", here he had to change hospital to undergo cardiac examinations.

"The Duke of Edinburgh was transferred from King Edward VII Hospital to St Bartholomew's Hospital on Monday where doctors will continue to treat him for an infection, as well as to perform tests and observations for pre-existing heart problems," Buckingham Palace explained in a statement.

Precautionary hospitalization

The husband of Elizabeth II "responds to treatment but should remain hospitalized until at least the end of the week".

In the morning, an ambulance had been released from the hospital, the patient being hidden from the eyes of the press by umbrellas.

Renowned for his strong character but also for his blunders or jokes in bad taste, Prince Philip was hospitalized on February 16 as a “precaution” measure after feeling ill.

Buckingham Palace had specified a few days later that this hospitalization was due to an infection.

His son Prince Charles, heir to the throne, visited him in the hospital.

His grandson William had assured last week that the Duke of Edinburgh was fine and that the doctors "kept an eye on him".

Prince Philip, who is due to celebrate his 100th birthday in June, in 2009 broke the record for the longevity of the spouses of British monarchs held by Charlotte, wife of George III.

He retired in August 2017, having participated in more than 22,000 official public engagements since his wife's accession to the throne in 1952.


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