Britain’s Prince Philip Has Successful Heart Procedure

LONDON (Reuters) -
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Police officers outside St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, where Prince Philip has been admitted, Thursday. (Reuters/Peter Cziborra)

Britain’s Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition on Wednesday, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday.

Philip, whose formal title is Duke of Edinburgh, was admitted to the hospital on Feb. 16 after he felt unwell, to receive treatment for an unspecified, but not COVID-19-related, infection.

On Monday, he was transferred to a different hospital in central London, with the palace saying at the time that he would have heart tests and continue to be treated for the infection.

“His Royal Highness will remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days,” the statement said.

Since being admitted to the hospital on Feb. 16, the duke has been publicly visited only by his son and heir Prince Charles.

The queen, 94, has remained at Windsor Castle west of London, where the couple have been staying during the coronavirus pandemic, and last week continued to carry out her official duties by video.

She and Philip have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Greek-born Philip, who turns 100 in June, has required hospital treatment several times in the last decade for a recurrence of a bladder infection.

In 2011 he had an operation to clear a blocked artery in his heart after being rushed to the hospital with chest pains.