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."

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