Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Prince Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, was admitted to a hospital in Aberdeen, Scotland, “as a precautionary measure,” the third time he’s been hospitalized in eight months.
Philip, 91, was admitted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary while staying at Balmoral, the monarch’s Scottish residence where she traditionally spends her summers, Buckingham Palace said in a statement released through the Press Association newswire today. No details were given of the state of health of the Duke of Edinburgh, as Prince Philip is formally known. Balmoral is 47 miles (75 kilometers) from the hospital.
The development comes 2 1/2 months after Philip spent five nights in a London hospital with a bladder infection following a boat pageant on the River Thames to celebrate the queen’s Diamond Jubilee, marking her 60 years on the throne.
Philip also had a coronary stent inserted for a blocked artery in December after suffering chest pains, causing him to miss the royal family’s Christmas celebrations. The prince began to scale back his royal engagements when he turned 90 last year.
The queen, 86, was accompanied by her husband at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games just under three weeks ago. Their grandson, Prince Harry, represented the monarch at the event that closed the games on Aug. 12. Philip watched the equestrian three-day event during which his granddaughter, Zara Phillips, won a silver medal with the British team.
In 2009, Philip became the U.K.’s longest-serving royal consort, surpassing the 57-year, 70-day record set by Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
The queen and Prince Philip married on Nov. 20, 1947, in London’s Westminster Abbey. Their eldest son, Prince Charles, is next in line to the throne, and they have three other children, Anne, Andrew and Edward.
The queen described Philip on their golden wedding anniversary in 1997 as “my strength and stay all these years.”
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