Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday and will miss the formal opening of parliament but remains in "good spirits", a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said. Prince Philip will not attend.The Queen will be outlining the government's lawmaking agenda for the next two years during her speech at Buckingham palace.
When Philip announced in May that he would retire later this year from active public life, he quipped about not being able to "stand up much".
His hospitalization forced him to miss the opening of Parliament on Wednesday.
Prince Philip's condition is not said to be serious, but it is not known when he will be well enough to resume his duties. Philip was replaced by son, Prince Charles, who will take over his father's duties on Wednesday.
The duke was at the Queen's side on Tuesday afternoon for the opening day of the four-day Ascot race meeting.
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The palace said Philip was driven to the hospital by private auto Tuesday evening on the advice of a physician.
The former naval officer's irascible, no-nonsense approach, combined with his infamous and sometimes politically incorrect off-the-cuff remarks, has not made it easy for people to warm to his style.
The queen and Philip both suffered from severe cases of the flu at Christmas but have recovered.
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