Prince Philip remains in hospital

April 5, 2008 at 1:09 PM

LONDON, April 5 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince Philip, laid low by a chest infection, remains hospitalized in London as a precautionary measure, royal officials say.

The Duke of Edinburgh was initially checked into King Edward VII's Hospital Thursday with a heavy cold and has been undergoing a medical assessment.

A consultant will make the final determination whether the royal official should remain hospitalized or be discharged, the BBC reported Saturday.

Philip's illness prompted him to miss a memorial service for Sir Edmund Hillary, who gained fame for being one of the first people to reach Mount Everest's summit.

The 86-year-old prince's hospital stay has been labeled a precaution rather than an emergency visit by royal officials, the BBC said.

"Whenever people hear that someone has been admitted to hospital, particularly when they're in their mid-80s, it's understandable that they are concerned," Dr. John Moore-Gillan, a London lung specialist, told the BBC of Philip's condition.

"But the overwhelming majority of people with chest infections are going to make a rapid and complete recovery and that is particularly the case when they are generally fit and healthy for their age."

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Trending Stories