Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration ends with Prince Philip hospitalized

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration ends with Prince Philip hospitalized

London : United Kingdom | Jun 05, 2012 at 2:24 PM PDT
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After four days of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee extravaganza, the celebrations reached the climax, albeit on a serious note, as Prince Philip was hospitalized following bladder infection.

On Monday, Prince Philip was admitted to the King Edwards VII hospital in London and was forced to miss part of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, especially the star-studded concert outside the Buckingham Palace.

Prince Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburg, will turn 91 on Sunday. He will also miss today’s thanksgiving service being held at St. Paul’s Cathedral as well as luncheon and carriage procession that will mark the Queen’s 60 years on British throne.

According to royal sources, the Duke will remain in hospital for another few days. The same sources also stated that Prince Philip’s bladder infection had been “accessed and treated.”

Although the Duke was unable to attend the concert held at the outskirts of the Buckingham Palace, the Queen still chose to attend it, manifesting true Brit spirit. She arrived an hour and a half late at the concert, endorsing the fact that the show must go on.

During the concert, the Queen was accompanied by Prince Charles, who led the audience in three cheers to her mother and noted on his father’s illness, saying, “The only sad thing about this evening is that my father couldn’t be with us. Because unfortunately he has taken unwell,” according to a report by the Independent.

Later, on a lighter note, Prince Charles added, “If we shout loud enough, he might just hear us in the hospital”, to which the excited crowd chanted loudly, “Philip, Philip!”

It was the second time in the past six months that the Duke was hospitalized. Last December, owing to chest pain, the Duke was hospitalized and missed the royal family’s Christmas celebrations.

Those who witnessed the Queen’s voyage across river Thames, witnessed the Duke in high spirits as he stood continuously for 90 minutes during the course of their voyage by the side of the Queen. However, eventually it did not prove to be in his favor.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives with Prince Philip at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant in Windsor
Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives with Prince Philip at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant in Windsor
Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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