Prince Philip in hospital for hip surgery

Prince Philip Hospitalized for Scheduled Hip Surgery After Missing Easter Service

Prince Philip Hospitalized for Scheduled Hip Surgery After Missing Easter Service

The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital in central London for planned surgery on his hip, Buckingham Palace has said.

Prince Philip was admitted to the hospital Tuesday, Buckingham Palace announced.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 96, will undergo the planned operation at King Edward VII Hospital on Wednesday. A royal source told Reuters: "The duke was keen to attend but made this decision because he was experiencing some trouble with his hip".

Officials declined to provide additional details about the surgery and said "further updates will be issued when appropriate". Philip, who at the time had Greek and Danish royal titles, abandoned his previous titles to marry the future Queen. At times blunt to the point of rudeness, Philip is Elizabeth's most important support. The royal has suffered from several health issues in recent years, including a brief hospitalization last June.

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King Edward VII is the private hospital of choice for the royal family and has been treating members of the monarchy for decades.

Philip's hospitalization came after he missed Sunday's Easter Mass.

Philip's surgery comes after he was forced to miss out on numerous events over the Easter period due to problems with his hip.

At the moment, there is no word on whether or not the circumstance is what kept him from attending his son Prince Andrew's appointment as the new Colonel of the Grenadier Guards on March 22. According to Buckingham Palace, that two-day stint in the hospital was the result of an infection related to an unnamed "pre-existing condition". He became a naturalised British citizen and adopted the surname Mountbatten.