The Duke of Edinburgh forced to watch Diamond Jubilee celebrations on telly

Written on:June 6, 2023
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Prince Philip is getting better but will remain in hospital under observation (Image courtesy: Zoran Karapancev /

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, who is suffering from a bladder infection and was hospitalised on Monday, didn’t miss even a single minute of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations as he remained glued to the television set in his private room at London’s King Edward VII Hospital.

Prince Philip, 90, was rushed by ambulance from Windsor Castle on Monday after he was taken ill by bladder infection. The illness came after he braved the cold and wet weather at Sunday’s River Thames pageant.

Queen’s supportive consort was forced to miss the diamond jubilee celebrations, including a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. However, Prince Philip didn’t want to miss the Diamond Jubilee coverage and he ordered for television to be turned on as soon as he reached hospital, said the sources.

The Duke of Edinburgh has not only been a supportive consort to the Queen, but he has also been a massive asset to the nation. He always stood by the Queen and travelled the world with her. In his 60 years of service he has been Queen’s companion and confidant.

He was definitely disappointed that he couldn’t be at the Queen’s side for the final two days’ events, but he was still in good spirits. The Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived at the London hospital at 3.15pm to see Prince Philip and stayed with him for under half an hour.

“He’s in good spirits, he’s on good form”, the Countess of Wessex assured. Speaking to the press Prince Edward said, “He’s getting better, he just needs some rest.” When asked how is Queen doing without her consort, Edward said, “She’s bearing up but she’s missing him, obviously.”

When Sophie was asked if her father-in-law was disappointed after missing out the event, she replied, “Naturally, but he is on good form.” However, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman confirmed that the Duke will remain in hospital under observation for a few days.

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