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Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip is in the hospital Friday for “observation and treatment.”

“The Duke of Edinburgh (traveled) from Norfolk this morning to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’ Doctor.”

The London hospital is hours away from Norfolk. It was not immediately clear why that hospital was chosen for treatment, and the palace declined to issue further details. The duke’s hospitalization was planned, and he is expected to stay in hospital for a few days, a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly said. He did not travel by ambulance.

Although the 98-year-old royal has had a series of health scares over the last seven years, he is robustly hale for his years.

He attended the wedding of his grandson, Prince Harry, to the former American actress Meghan Markle, in May 2018, just weeks after undergoing successful hip-replacement surgery.

The duke has been hospitalized multiple times since the end of 2011. In December of that year, he was rushed to the hospital when he suffered chest pains during the royal family’s annual Christmas holiday at Sandringham, the queen’s Norfolk estate. He underwent an emergency stent procedure to correct a blocked artery and was released four days later, joining the family for New Year’s Day church services.

He also was hospitalized in 2012, during his wife’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, for what was described as a sudden bladder infection.

Prince Philip will not face charges for car crash that left 2 injured

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On Jan. 17, The Duke of Edinburgh emerged unscathed from a car wreck near the royal Sandringham estate. He decided to give up his license after the crash. 

“After careful consideration The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement at the time. 

More: Prince Philip, 96, to make last solo appearance Wednesday

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary in November.

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