Buckingham Palace: Prince Philip taken to hospital

Buckingham Palace: Prince Philip taken to hospital

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LONDON - JULY 6: The Duke of Edinburgh attends the opening of the Diana Memorial Fountain in memory of the late Princess Diana, at the south side of the Serpentine, Hyde Park on July 6, 2004 in London. Gustafson Porter was chosen as the design team for the GBP3 million oval-shaped fountain, which is the size of a football pitch, with one side a gentle slope and the other a cascading stream, flowing together into a tranquil pool. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 11:24 AM

LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, was hospitalized as a precautionary measure, Buckingham Palace officials said Wednesday.

Officials did not provide any details about the cause of the 91-year-old's hospitalization, which follows two other health scares.

He was taken from the royal country estate at Balmoral in Scotland to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on the advice of his physician.

Philip has endured several health problems recently. He was hospitalized for five days in June with a bladder infection that may have been aggravated by his prolonged appearance at a flotilla pageant marking the queen's 60-year reign.

He later resumed royal duties, attending the opening ceremony of the Olympics on July 27 and carrying out engagements on the Isle of Wight on Monday. He has looked well at recent events despite his advancing years.

He was diagnosed with heart disease in December after experiencing chest pains that required him to spend Christmas at a hospital. He underwent a successful coronary stent procedure and seemed to recover well, resuming a full schedule within several weeks.

Philip is a former naval officer who married the queen in 1947. His health remained robust through his 80s, but he has appeared frailer in recent years.

When he turned 90, he said he was "winding down," and he has cut back on official duties. But he still carries out some engagements, both with his wife and on his own.

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