Prince Philip, 98, admitted to hospital

By Heather Cichowski with files from Danielle Stacey

Prince Philip has been admitted to the hospital.

The Duke of Edinburgh has travelled from Norfolk to the King Edward VII hospital in London for observation and treatment for a pre-existing condition, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace. He was reportedly not taken by ambulance and it was a planned admission.

"The Duke of Edinburgh travelled from Norfolk this morning to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition," read the statement. "The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’ Doctor."

The 98-year-old is expected to be in hospital for a few days.

In June 2017, Prince Philip was admitted to the same hospital for an infection, causing him to miss a few planned engagements. The statement read at the time: "The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last night, as a precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition. Prince Philip is in good spirits and is disappointed to be missing the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot. The Prince of Wales will accompany The Queen to the State Opening. Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot as planned this afternoon."

The news of Prince Philip's hospital admission comes after the Queen's arrival at Sandringham on Dec. 20 in the afternoon for the Royal family's annual Christmas break. Her Majesty was seen at King's Lynn rail station wearing a striking pink coat and head scarf.

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At the age of 96, Prince Philip officially retired from public duties in August 2017. It is believed that he now divides his time between Wood Farm in Sandringham and Windsor Castle. He was seen on May 7, 2019 with the Queen when they joined members of the Order of Merit ahead of a luncheon at Windsor Castle.

The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh joined members of the Order of Merit prior to a luncheon at Windsor Castle on May 7, 2019. Photo: © Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images

In 2018, the Duke attended the wedding of his grandson Prince Harry to Duchess Meghan, and the nuptials of granddaughter Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank.

Prince Philip, Duchess Meghan, Prince William and Duchess Kate at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Oct. 12, 2018. Photo: © Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

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