Dhe health of Prince Philip has “improved slightly” according to his daughter-in-law Camilla. The 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II is doing a little better, but sometimes still suffers from pain, said the wife of heir to the throne Charles on Wednesday during a visit to a London vaccination center. She added, “We keep our fingers crossed”.
Prince Philip has been hospitalized since February 16. At first it was said from Buckingham Palace that it was a “precautionary measure” because he had felt uncomfortable. A few days later there was talk of an infection. The Duke of Edinburgh was not infected with the corona virus, the palace assured.
On Monday, the 99-year-old was transferred to the state St. Bartholomew’s Clinic in London, which also enjoys a high international reputation as a heart center. The news heightened general concern about the health of the prince, who will celebrate his centenary on June 10th.
A long medical record
The palace said on Monday that the doctors would “continue to treat an infection and also carry out tests and observations for pre-existing heart problems”. Prince Philip responded to the treatment, but had to stay “at least until the end of the week” in the hospital.
Philip and Elizabeth have been married since 1947. In 2017, Prince Philip largely withdrew from public life. He had repeatedly struggled with health problems in recent years. In April 2018, he had an artificial hip joint inserted in a clinic. In the past few years, Philip had to go to the hospital from time to time because of various infections. In 2011 he had a stent inserted into his heart.
Queen sticks to her duties
The 94-year-old queen and her husband were first vaccinated against the coronavirus in January. At the beginning of the pandemic, both of them had withdrawn to Windsor Castle because of their old age in order to keep the risk of infection as low as possible.
Despite her husband’s illness, the Queen stuck to her duties. On Tuesday evening, as is traditional, she spoke to Finance Minister Rishi Sunak before he gave his budget speech in parliament on Wednesday.