Duke of Edinburgh undergoes operation to treat pre-existing heart condition

The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace said.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 10:16 am
Updated Thursday, 4th March 2021, 10:30 am

Philip was treated at St Bartholomew’s Hospital on Wednesday.

The Palace said the duke, 99, would remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days.

Philip, the nation’s longest-serving consort, has spent 16 nights in hospital – his longest ever stay.

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The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace said

He was moved by ambulance to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City of London on Monday for testing for a pre-existing heart condition and treatment for an infection.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

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

Philip was was initially admitted to the private King Edward VII’s Hospital on February 16 as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell, before being moved to St Bartholomew’s on Monday.

Four days later, he was visited by his eldest son the Prince of Wales, who made a 200-mile round trip and stayed for around 30 minutes.

The duke has spent most of lockdown residing at Windsor Castle with the Queen for their safety, alongside a reduced household of staff dubbed HMS Bubble.

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