Buckingham Palace: Prince Philip taken to hospital

Queen Elizabeth II

FILE - In this July 27, 2012 file photo, Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh attends the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Buckingham Palace said Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 that the queen's husband, Prince Philip, has been taken to a Scottish hospital as "a precautionary measure." (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, was admitted to hospital Wednesday with a recurrence of the bladder infection he suffered earlier this summer, Buckingham Palace said.

Palace officials said he would likely stay in the hospital for a few days for investigation and treatment.

The 91-year-old royal consort was hospitalized for five days in June with a bladder infection that may have been aggravated by his prolonged appearance at a flotilla pageant marking the queen's 60-year reign.

Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, was taken from the royal family's Balmoral estate in Scotland to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on the advice of his physician.

The palace said he traveled the 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the hospital by road.

Philip resumed royal duties after recovering from his bladder infection in June, attending the opening ceremony of the Olympics on July 27, watching his granddaughter Zara Phillips take part in Olympic equestrian competition two days later and carrying out engagements on the Isle of Wight on Monday. He has looked well at recent events despite his advancing years.

He was diagnosed with heart disease in December after experiencing chest pains that required him to spend Christmas in a hospital. He underwent a successful coronary stent procedure and seemed to recover well, resuming a full schedule within several weeks.

Philip is a former naval officer who married the queen in 1947. His health remained robust through his 80s, but he has appeared frailer in recent years.

When he turned 90, he said he was "winding down," and he has cut back on official duties. But he still carries out some engagements, both with his wife and on his own.

Associated Press
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