Duke of Edinburgh spends second night in London hospital for 'pre-existing condition'

20 December 2019, 14:00 | Updated: 22 December 2019, 08:22

The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to hospital as a 'precaution'
The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to hospital as a 'precaution'. Picture: PA

By Asher McShane

The Duke of Edinburgh has spent another night in hospital in London - as the Royal family prepares for a traditional Christmas at Sandringham.

Prince Philip was admitted on Friday, for the observation and treatment of a 'pre-existing condition.'

Philip, 98, left Sandringham, where he spends much of his time since retiring, to attend the King Edward VII Hospital in London, where he spent the night after arriving on Friday morning.

It is expected he will remain in hospital until Christmas Eve.

Uniformed police officers stood guard outside the hospital entrance on Saturday morning alongside a doorman wearing a top hat while camera crews were set up across the road.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "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.

"The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness' Doctor."

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at King's Lynn railway station in Norfolk, after travelling from London at the start of her traditional Christmas break
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at King's Lynn railway station in Norfolk, after travelling from London at the start of her traditional Christmas break. Picture: PA

The Duke is expected to be in hospital for a few days. He was not taken by ambulance and it was a planned admission.

There are police officers guarding the main entrance to the hospital, with more stationed along the street.

The announcement came as the Queen arrived at the Norfolk estate, after she had travelled from the capital on Friday to begin her Christmas break.

A police officer outside the King Edward VII's Hospital
A police officer outside the King Edward VII's Hospital. Picture: PA

She caught the 10.42am Great Northern service from King's Cross station in London and arrived at platform two in King's Lynn on time, at 12.31pm.

The 93-year-old monarch, carrying a black handbag and wearing a salmon pink coat and patterned headscarf, stepped from the front carriage of the train onto the platform.

She briefly mingled with passengers before she was escorted through a side exit known as the Royal Gate to a waiting Range Rover.

Sandringham, the Queen's private estate in Norfolk, is a 30-minute drive from King's Lynn.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, who spends much of his time at Sandringham since he retired from public duties in 2017, were due to be joined by other members of the royal family for part of the festive period.

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