By Marie DeFreitas
Prince Philip was hospitalized on Friday as a precautionary measure. The 98 year old husband of Queen Elizabeth the II hospitalization was due to a pre-existing condition and he is expected to be there for the next two days.
According to Buckingham Palace, the queen was aware of his scheduled visit before her departure for her usual holiday stay in Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
The situation was not an emergency visit, but rather a scheduled examination on advice from His Royal Highness’s doctor and he did not travel via an ambulance to the London hospital, as reported by People’s Magazine.
The Duke of Edinburgh had retired from public life back in 2017 to be able to rest and relax and focus on his health and well being. Last year he had to skip Easter Sunday services after undergoing a hip replacement surgery, according to People’s Magazine.
However, Philip has also been seen participating in many other events such as his granddaughter Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding in October 2018. Before voluntarily giving up his license last year, he was often seen driving his car and taking carriage rides.
The Queen and Prince Philip have been married for over 70 years, and Philip remains the longest serving—and living— consorts (spouse of a sovereign) in British history, as stated by Harper’s Bazaar.