Britain's Prince Philip hospitalized but in 'good spirits'

Claudine Rigal
Juin 23, 2017

It was business as usual for Queen Elizabeth, as she attened the second day of Royal Ascot following the State Opening of Parliament.

The queen, 91, maintained her official schedule, giving a speech outlining the government's legislative plan in Parliament, and planned to attend the Royal Ascot horse races in the afternoon.

Britain's Prince Philip sits in a train on a journey marking the 175th anniversary of the first train journey by a British monarch, recreating the historic journey made by Queen Victoria on 13th June 1842, from Slough to London Paddington, Britain June 13, 2017.

On Saturday he appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace along with the Royal Family for the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

Yesterday the Duke was pictured at the opening of Royal Ascot with The Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a host of other royals.

But the palace confirmed the Duke was in "good spirits" and was disappointed to be missing the State Opening of parliament today.

In a statement, the palace said that Philip would not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although "he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time".

During a visit to Finsbury Park after this week's most recent terror attack, Prince Charles said his father was "getting better".

He is well-known for his robust constitution.

Last year the 96-year-old told a flu expert at a research centre he had not had the illness for 40 years.

Prince Phillip had joked in May on the day he announced his retirement that he was stepping down because "I can't stand up much longer".

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