LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip has had a successful heart procedure at a London hospital, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.
The palace says the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, “underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.”
“His Royal Highness will remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days,” the palace said in a statement.
Philip, 99, has been hospitalised since being admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Feb. 16, where he was treated for an infection. On Monday he was transferred to a specialized cardiac care hospital, St. Bartholomew’s.
In a 1995 interview, the Duke of Edinburgh recalled one experience during the Second World War when "the whole ship bent" after a series of bombs hit the vessel he was on.
Here is a clip from that interview. pic.twitter.com/FSLii5sh1w
— Forces News (@ForcesNews) June 10, 2020
His illness is not believed to be related to the coronavirus. Both Philip and the monarch received COVID-19 vaccinations in January and chose to publicise the matter to encourage others to also take the vaccine.
He has had heart issues in the past. In 2011, he was rushed to a hospital by helicopter after suffering chest pains and was treated for a blocked coronary artery.
I have a feeling that Prince Philip may have been the last man still active in public life who fought in the Second World War. pic.twitter.com/FeNTlgPHln
— Daniel Hannan (@DanielJHannan) May 4, 2017