London, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- The United Kingdom’s Prince Philip has undergone “successful” surgery for a pre-existing heart condition and will remain in the hospital for several days while he recovers, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.
The Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has been hospitalized for just over two weeks to receive treatment for an infection and the heart problem.
“The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday (Wednesday) underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s hospital,” Buckingham Palace said.
“His Royal Highness will remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days.”
The 99-year-old was initially taken to the private King Edward VII hospital on 16 February after reporting that he felt unwell and was transferred to St Bartholomew’s hospital in London this week.
The Duke has undergone several medical procedures in recent years. In 2011, he had emergency heart surgery to unblock one of his arteries.
Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall and wife of Prince Charles, the first in line to the British throne, on Wednesday told the press during a visit to a London vaccine center that her father-in-law was “slightly improving” and that the family was keeping its “fingers crossed.”
Prince Philip retired from royal duties in 2017. EFE-EPA