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8:17pm UK, Tuesday June 05, 2012
The Duke of Edinburgh is “getting better” as he is treated in hospital for a bladder infection, according to his youngest son Prince Edward who visited him.
He said his father has been watching the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on television.
The illness forced him to miss several jubilee events, including the concert outside Buckingham Palace and the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Asked if the duke had been keeping up with the Jubilee celebrations, Prince Edward said: “He’s been watching it on TV.”
The Queen and Prince Philip pictured during the river pageant on the Thames
The earl and his wife, Countess of Wessex, arrived at the London hospital at 3.15pm, arriving in two separate vehicles, and stayed for just under half an hour.
They took their children Louise and James with them. The countess said: “He’s in good spirits, he’s on good form.”
Later, as he left the hospital, Prince Edward told reporters outside: “He’s getting better, he just needs some rest.”
Asked how the Queen was doing without him, he said: “She’s bearing up but she’s missing him, obviously.”
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said the duke will remain in hospital under
observation for a few days.
He had been due to attend the events at the Queen’s side. The Queen instead travelled to St Paul’s with one of her ladies-in-waiting, Diana Marion, the Lady Farnham, and sat next to the Prince of Wales during the service.
During the open-top carriage ride back to Buckingham Palace, she was accompanied by Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Prince of Wales paid tribute to his father on Monday night as he addressed the crowds gathered for the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace.
During Sunday’s river pageant, the duke spent several hours on the Thames and clearly enjoyed seeing the flotilla despite torrential rain.
David Cameron said the Queen and duke would not have missed the river pageant despite any risk to their health.
The Prime Minister said: “It was a most extraordinary spectacle and obviously everyone is very concerned and worried and wants to know that (the Duke) is going to be okay.
“The thing about our royal family is that they are incredibly dedicated to what they do and they are incredibly dedicated to doing it, no matter what the circumstances.”