Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II has been hospitalised with a suspected bladder infection.
The Duke, who will be 91 on Sunday June 10, was taken by helicopter from Windsor castle, where the Royal family have been resting following the huge flotilla pageant on the River Thames in London yesterday, to the King Edward II hospital in central London around 2 pm on Monday June 4.
The news broke just hours before a concert starring the likes of Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Sir Cliff Richard. The concert will go ahead as planned at Buckingham Palace. Sky News reports that a press release from the Royal Palace says that Prince Philip is expected to be kept in hospital under observation for "several days". The Prince stood steadfastly beside his wife, as he has done throughout the sixty years of her reign, on the Royal barge, 'The Spirit of Chartwell', to watch more than one thousand boats take part in a flotilla along the River Thames as part of the Jubilee weekend. The weather was typically British with the rain a major feature of the event and it may be that this has played a part in the Duke's illness.
The Duke of Edinburgh had a health scare at Christmas when he was taken from Sandringham, the place where the Royal family traditionally gather for the Christmas festivities, to hospital suffering chest pains.
The BBC reports that the Queen will attend the concert as planned and take part in a beacon lighting ceremony. They say that the Prince had stood for most of the 80 minutes journey of the flotilla. The Duke will however miss the remaining festivities of the Jubilee weekend with a palace spokesman being quoted as saying that he is "understandably, disappointed about missing this evening's Diamond Jubilee Concert and tomorrow's engagements".
The Queen and Prince Philip were married in November 1947 and he has been a constant presence and source of reassurance at her side ever since.