Prince Philip hospitalized as a ‘precautionary measure’

In this image released by the Royal Mail on Wednesday April 20, 2016, Britain's Prince George stands on foam blocks during a photo shoot for the Royal Mail in the summer of 2015 in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in London for a stamp sheet to mark the 90th birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The image features four generations of the Royal family, from left, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. (Ranald Mackechnie/Royal Mail via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

(ABC News) — Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday night as a “precautionary measure” for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told ABC News.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who turned 96 this month, is in good spirits and was said to be disappointed to have to miss the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot.

In Philip’s place, Charles, the Prince of Wales, will accompany The Queen to the State Opening.

Last month, Prince Philip announced that he would be stepping down from public life in the fall.

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Prince Philip was admitted to the hospital in 2013 for an exploratory abdominal surgery.

In 2012, he was admitted to the hospital during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee for a bladder infection, an ailment that affected him again in 2015.

In 2011, he underwent a “minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting,” which was successfully performed after he was taken to the hospital suffering from chest pains.

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