Queen Elizabeth's husband hospitalized with infection

Fri Apr 4, 2008 10:25am EDT
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By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth's 86-year-old husband Prince Philip has been taken to hospital with a chest infection, Buckingham Palace said on Friday.

The blunt-talking prince, who the palace said was working from his hospital bed, has been an energetic figure in the House of Windsor for more than six decades.

He was admitted to hospital on Thursday afternoon after suffering from a heavy cold. He was able to walk into the building and has been working on correspondence and making phone calls from his hospital bed, the palace said.

A palace spokeswoman said: "The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to King Edward VII Hospital (in central London) for assessment and treatment for a chest infection."

The spokeswoman said it was not clear how long he would stay in hospital or whether any members of the royal family will be visiting him. All his official engagements have been cancelled for the weekend.

Prince Philip has attracted unwelcome headlines over the past six months at the inquest into the death of his former daughter-in-law Princess Diana, who died in a 1997 Paris car crash with her lover Dodi al-Fayed.

Dodi's father, luxury storeowner Mohamed al-Fayed, alleges that his son and Diana were killed by British security services on the orders of Prince Philip.

In an emotional outburst in court, al-Fayed called Prince Philip a "nazi" and a "racist."   Continued...

<p>Britain's Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, walks round the back of the car after leaving the Upper Barrakka Gardens after planting a tree with Queen Elizabeth II (partly hidden) to commemorate their 60th wedding anniversary in Valletta November 20, 2007. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi</p>