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Prince Philip in hospital for planned hip surgery, Buckingham Palace says

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Deanna Wagner | 04 April, 2018, 01:38

Britain's Prince Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has been admitted to hospital for hip surgery, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

According to royal communications, the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London, England, on Tuesday afternoon, for a planned surgery on his hip which will take place on Wednesday.

He did not attend a church service last week attended by the monarch because of a hip problem, a royal source said last week.

The Queen had marked Easter Sunday without Prince Philip at this years' service.

Officials declined to provide additional details about the surgery and said "further updates will be issued when appropriate". Over the last week, Prince Philip's health has prevented him from attending traditional Maundy and Easter services at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel alongside Queen Elizabeth.

It said that the hospital admission and surgery were planned ahead of time.

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However, the Duke of Edinburgh attended Christmas services with his family in December, and was seemingly in good spirits.

"What is most important is someone's fitness, as in their heart and lung fitness, how much exercise they do and how well nourished they are".

Before resigning his position as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards at the end of a year ago, Prince Philip officially retired from his public life earlier in 2017.

His final solo engagement was in August a year ago, when he reviewed a parade of Royal Marines outside Buckingham Palace in his capacity as Captain General of the corps.

Outspoken, irascible and intensely private, the former naval officer has been one of the most influential figures in the British royal family for decades.