Queen's husband Prince Philip hospitalized for hip surgery

Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital for planned surgery

Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital for 'planned surgery'

The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to king Edward hospital VII in London, where tomorrow will take place of the previously scheduled operation on the thigh of the Prince.

He retired from 65 years of public service in August, more than five years after the Palace originally said he would gradually "wind down" his workload.

Philip enjoyed his final public engagement past year, when he met Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace.

Following his retirement from the public past year, Prince Philip has been unable to attend several events due to his ailing health. The Duke of Edinburgh has reportedly been ailing for the past several days.

Britain's Prince Philip has been hospitalized in London ahead of hip surgery, Buckingham Palace announced Tuesday.

However, his health has been an ongoing issue since previous year, when he was admitted to hospital in June for an infection.

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A royal source claims that Prince Philip had planned on attending the Maundy Service, but decided not to go after he began experiencing some issues with his hip. Since 1952, he had completed 22,219 solo engagements.

Philip was formally introduced to princess Elizabeth in July 1939 when her father king George VI and his family toured the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, on England's south coast.

He and Elizabeth celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in November.

He was born on a dining room table on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921, the fifth child and only son of Prince Andrew of Greece.

The health scare comes at a busy time for the royal family.

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