Prince Philip was finally discharged from the King Edward VII’s Hospital, London on Christmas just in time to spend the holidays with the queen and the royal family. The Duke of Edinburgh had been admitted on 20th December, 2020. After spending 4 nights in the hospital he was finally flown back to Sandringham by a helicopter.
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Who is Prince Philip?
Prince Philip is the Duke of Edinburgh and the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. He was born on 10th June, 1921 in Corfu. Although he was originally the Prince of Greece and Denmark, his family was exiled from their country when he was an infant. He then adopted his maternal grandparents’ surname and joined the British Royal Navy in 1939. After the Second World War, he married Elizabeth. Today he is a part of over 780 organizations and also serves as the chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
What happened to Prince Philip?
While there is much speculation about what had exactly happened to Prince Philip, there has been no official statement from the Buckingham Palace regarding the cause. They’ve only stated that the Prince had been admitted in the hospital due to a “pre-existing health condition”.
It has been known that the Prince was not taken into the hospital in an ambulance due to an emergency. He had walked into the hospital and got admitted into the hospital as a “precautionary measure” as advised by his doctor.
In the recent years, Prince Philip has been taken to the hospital several times. In 2012, he was admitted to the hospital many times due to bladder infections. And just last April, he had an elective hip surgery as well.
Last year, the Prince caused a car crash near Sandringham. The Duke’s Land Rover collided with another car and landed on its side. Although he was uninjured, Emma Fairweather, a passenger in the other car suffered a broken wrist. After this incident, Prince Philip gave up his driving license voluntarily.
Why didn’t the royal family visit Prince Philip at the hospital?
While many have criticized the queen as to why she did not visit the prince at the hospital, Royal expert Victoria Arbiter says that it is rather normal for royals to not visit each other at the hospital. She says this is mainly for security purposes and in order not to cause more stress to the families of other patients and their families at the hospital. Although some royals have visited each other at the hospital in the past, this is typically not the “norm” in the royal family.
Where is Prince Philip now?
The 98-year-old Prince Philip is rarely seen in public nowadays. After retiring back in 2017, he spends time mostly at the Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate. He was recently seen in public for the first time on Jan 25th, 2020 after Prince Harry left for Canada. He was seen being driven by Princess Anne to see Queen Elizabeth.
Facts of Prince Philip Health Condition
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