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Queen’s Husband Philip May Stay in Hospital for Several Days

Prince Philip, the 91-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, is responding well to treatment for a bladder infection though he may stay in hospital for several days, Buckingham Palace said.

The prince, known as the Duke of Edinburgh, was admitted to a hospital in Scotland yesterday with a recurrence of the infection that led him to spend five nights in a London clinic 2 1/2 months ago, missing the climax of celebrations to mark the monarch’s 60 years on the throne. It’s the third time he’s been hospitalized in eight months.

“The Duke of Edinburgh is responding well to treatment,” the royal household said in a statement released today through the Press Association newswire. “It is unclear when he will be discharged, but he is likely to remain in hospital for a few more days.”

Philip was admitted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary while staying at Balmoral, the monarch’s Scottish residence where the royal couple traditionally spend their summers.

The duke 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.

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, 86, described Philip on their golden wedding anniversary in 1997 as “my strength and stay all these years.”

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