Prince Philip Cancels Appearance After Being Hospitalized

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Not long after attending this year's Trooping the Color and Tuesday's Royal Ascot races, Prince Philip has been hospitalized with an infection. The Duke of Edinburgh, who's 96, was set to attend the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday with the queen, but understandably won't be there due to his health scare. 


Despite his hospitalization, Prince Philip is said to be doing okay. A spokesperson for the royal told People, "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." They also added, "Prince Philip is in good spirits and is disappointed to be missing the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot." Prince Charles apparently will be attending with the queen in his father's stead.

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Recently, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip would be retiring from his royal duties in the fall after 70 years of public engagements and charity work. The duke's age -- and his recent health issues -- are likely to be the reason he's stepping down. That said, in recent weeks, he's still been attending events, despite being hospitalized a few months ago. In December, he canceled a string of appearances after suffering from heavy colds. 

Hopefully, the time off will do Prince Philip's health good. There obviously are many perks to being a royal, but there aren't many 96-year-olds out there who are still working. 

Time to sit back and eat the grapes, Phil. You've earned it. 

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