Prince Philip, 96, admitted to hospital for planned hip surgery

Prince Philip, 96, admitted to hospital for planned hip surgery

The 96-year-old prince has largely retired from public life, but still accompanies the queen on occasion.

On Thursday, Philip was to have appeared with his 91-year-old wife at the Royal Maundy Service at Leicester Cathedral in central England and attend a reception and lunch afterwards.

Prince Philip had announced his retirement from all public duties as the Duke of Edinburgh in May, 2017 owing to his age.

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Buckingham Palace confirmed the news Tuesday, releasing the following statement: "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".

King Edward VII is the private hospital of choice for the royal family and has been treating members of the monarchy for decades.

The planned surgery will take place on Wednesday.

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Philip also missed the Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel, where his grandson Prince Harry is due to marry Meghan Markle next month.

FILE PHOTO: Police officers stand outside King Edward VII hospital where Britain's Prince Philip is receiving treatment, London, June 21, 2017.

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

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According to Buckingham Palace, that two-day stint in the hospital was the result of an infection related to an unnamed "pre-existing condition". He became a naturalised British citizen and adopted the surname Mountbatten.

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