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Prince Philip in hospital and misses State Opening of Parliament

21 June 2017

Queen Elizabeth, 91, attended the the State Opening of Parliament with her son Prince Charles, who filled in for Philip, on June 21.

It means the royal, whose official title is the Duke of Edinburgh, will miss the official state opening of parliament taking place later Wednesday.

Zara Tindall kisses her grandfather Prince Philip at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

Earlier, Philip was admitted to hospital for a bladder infection, and for abdominal investigations and in 2011.

In the hours before the announcement, wild speculation swirled in the British press about the Prince's health. The infection is due to a pre-existing health condition, the Palace confirmed. The Prince of Wales has accompanied the Queen twice, in 1994 and 1996.

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Prince Philip has been by the Queen's side throughout her 65 years on the throne and she has described him as her "strength and stay".

Although he had a reputation for coldness towards his children, many observers consider Philip the glue that held the royal family together as their offspring went through a series of divorces in the 1990s.

The Duke took part in the procession with the rest of the royals, including the Queen, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is 96 years old but still has maintained his charm and charismatic personality.

Philip announced the decision to reduce his commitments in May.

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However, Prince Philip will be absent from the Royal Ascot happening this afternoon.

"The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated, although he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements".

Prince Philip was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday night.

And in June 2013 had an operation on his abdomen.

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