Diamond Jubilee Goes On with Prince Philip in the Hospital
(LONDON) — Prince Philip celebrated his wife’s Diamond Jubilee on Tuesday from the hospital, where we was admitted the day before with a bladder infection.
The prince, who turns 91 this weekend, will remain in the hospital for a few days as a precaution, palace officials say.
Prince Philip was “understandably, disappointed about missing this evening’s Diamond Jubilee Concert,” the palace said Monday.
Prince Charles noted his father’s absence as he addressed the crowd.
“Only sad thing is that my father couldn’t be here with us,” Charles said. “If we shout loud enough, he might just hear us in hospital.”
His absence was also noticeable on Tuesday as Queen Elizabeth entered St. Paul’s Cathedral on the final day of her celebrating 60 years on the throne.
“When you realized she was on her own and suddenly it reminded us that she’s always with Prince Phillip, so very sad for her but he’s a tough guy,” British journalist and CNN TV-show host Piers Morgan said Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America.
“I mean, it was brutal out there on Sunday. It was a ghastly day so I suppose at the age of 90 it got a bit much for him but the family goes on. They are incredibly stoic people,” he said.
Prince Philip spent four nights in the hospital at Christmas after suffering chest pains and underwent a successful coronary stent procedure to clear a blocked artery. Philip, the duke of Edinburgh, married Princess Elizabeth in 1947. She took the throne as queen six years later.
The Diamond Jubilee went on as planned Monday despite the condition of Prince Philip, as many members of the royal family, including Charles’ wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Princes William and Harry sat in a royal box to watch Elton John, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and others perform.
The festivities began on Saturday and will end on Tuesday, with the queen delivering a televised address from Buckingham Palace, where she will thank the public for the past four days of celebrations.
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