Palace officials have confirmed that Prince Philip, 96, has been admitted to the hospital for hip surgery. The Duke of Edinburgh has reportedly been ailing for the past several days.
The Prince, who is married to Queen Elizabeth II, had to unexpectedly skip out on the Easter service at Windsor Castle and also couldn't attend the annual Maudy service at St. George's Chapel. The Prince reportedly had to cancel his appearance at the Maudy service due to trouble with his hip.
"His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow," the Buckingham Palace stated.
The Duke of Edinburgh reportedly has had some health issues in the past. In June 2017, he was hospitalized for two nights due to an infection that stemmed from a preexisting condition. In March 2018, Prince Philip was also unable to attend his son Prince Andrew's appointment as the new Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. Prince Philip retired from his royal duties on Aug. 2, 2017. Since 1952, he had completed 22,219 solo engagements. The Queen fully supported her husband's decision to retire.
The Love Of Elizabeth's Life
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip married on Nov. 20, 1947. The two fell in love when the Queen was thirteen years old and would send letters to one another. Philip, who at the time had Greek and Danish royal titles, abandoned his previous titles to marry the future Queen. Prince Philip adopted the surname, Mountbatten, which was his mother's maiden name and became a British citizen.
The couple had four children together, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.
Prince Philip was given the title, Duke of Edinburgh by the Queen's late father, King George VI who was still in reign at the time. Despite many reports that the Prince and the Queen had "drifted apart" once Elizabeth took the throne, the two have insisted that this was "false" rumors. The Queen has cited the Prince as her "rock." The life story and marriage of the Queen and Prince Philip have been depicted in the Netflix original series, The Crown.
The couple recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in November 2017.