Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has been hospitalised for a pre-scheduled surgery of his hip, the Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital for planned surgery on his hip tomorrow, Buckingham Palace said.
Philip has missed several public events in recent weeks, including an Easter Sunday church service in Windsor.
Officials declined to provide additional details about the surgery and said "further updates will be issued when appropriate".
He also missed last Thursday's Royal Maundy Service.
At the time the Queen's consort was said to be experiencing some trouble with the joint.
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"One of the reasons that Prince Harry has wanted this wedding to happen quite quickly - this is really whirlwind by royal standards - is because his 96-year-old grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, is retired now and Prince Harry really wants him to be at his wedding", Nicholl said. At times blunt to the point of rudeness, Philip is Elizabeth's most important support.
King Edward VII is the private hospital of choice for the royal family and has been treating members of the monarchy for decades.
His final solo engagement was in August a year ago, when he reviewed a parade of Royal Marines outside Buckingham Palace in his capacity as Captain General of the corps.
Born in Greece in 1921, Philip was a child of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, a Greek-Danish royal family.
A stray remark about "slitty eyes" during a visit to China in the 1980s became symbolic of his gruff and often unguarded manner, which contrasted sharply with the warmer image of the queen and other British royals.