LONDON (AP)-Prince Charles visited his father, Prince Philip, at a London hospital on Saturday. Prince Philip was admitted to the hospital for “observation and rest” within a week of his illness.
Charles arrived in the private King Edward VII Hospital by car in the afternoon and stayed for about half an hour. The hospital’s website says that due to the coronavirus pandemic, access is only allowed under “exceptional circumstances”.
Philip, 99, was admitted to the hospital on the advice of a doctor on Tuesday, which Buckingham Palace described as a “preventive measure.”
It is expected that Queen Elizabeth II’s husband will continue to live throughout the weekend and next week.
Philip’s illness is not believed to be related to COVID-19. In early January, he and the 94-year-old Queen received the first dose of vaccine against the coronavirus.
Philip retired in 2017 and he rarely shows up in public. His most recent public event was a military ceremony at Buckingham Palace in July.
During the current coronavirus lockdown in England, Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, has been living with the Queen at Windsor Castle, west of London. The Queen performed tasks such as meeting with VIPs .
Subject to lock-in restrictions, the royal family plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Philip’s birth on June 10.
Philip married the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and was the longest serving royal companion in British history. He and the queen have four children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
The youngest great-grandson, Princess Eugenie’s son and husband Jack BrooksbankBorn on February 9th, he has been named Augustus Philip Hawke Brooksbank. One of his middle names is a tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.