UPDATE (6/22/17) — According to Hello magazine, Prince Philip has been released from the hospital after his two-night stay for an unnamed infection. He left quietly through the hospital's back doors and is resting at home.
We're so happy to hear that the Duke is feeling better, and we continue to keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
This story was originally published on 6/21/17 — The Duke of Edinburgh has been hospitalized in London with an infection.
The 96-year-old will miss out on supporting Queen Elizabeth at the State Opening of Parliament, which has just commenced at the House of Lords in the British capital.
Prince Charles will step in on behalf of his father as Her Majesty delivers her annual Queen's speech.
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A statement from Buckingham Palace explained: "The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last night, as a precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition."
It concluded: "Prince Philip is in good spirits and is disappointed to be missing the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot. The Prince of Wales will accompany The Queen to the State Opening. Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot as planned this afternoon."
While the palace wouldn't confirm his exact medical illness, royal insiders have told the U.K. press that the father-of-four is "up and about and is in good spirits.”
In May, it was confirmed The Queen's right-hand man was stepping down from his royal duties.
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."
See Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's sweetest moments through the years.
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The Duke is considered one of the hardest-working royals and conducted 110 days of appearances last year—outnumbering several young family members, including Prince William.
Dubbed "the original James Bond," the Duke has had good health over the years but was hospitalized in 2012 during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee from a bladder infection.
In 2011, he underwent treatment for a blocked coronary artery and over the most recent Christmas holidays, he and The Queen suffered heavy colds.
Since his retirement, Prince Philip has been spotted on several occasions carriage racing.
His last public appearances were at Royal Ascot on June 20 and Trooping the Color on June 17.
Wishing the Duke a very speedy recovery!
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How regal does Prince Philip look in his uniform? No wonder Queen Elizabeth fell for the dashing serviceman.