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Prince Philip To Undergo Surgery, Admitted To London Hospital For Two Weeks For Exploratory Operation

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Prince Philip, the Duke Of Edinburgh arrives with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, not in photo, to attend the annual Royal Festival of Remembrance, at London's Royal Albert Hall, Saturday Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/ Max Nash, Pool) | AP

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II's husband has been admitted to a London hospital for an exploratory operation, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.

The palace said the operation on 91-year-old Prince Philip – which will take place on Friday – was pre-planned and comes after "abdominal investigations" that were carried out over the past week.

"He is in good spirits," a palace spokeswoman said. She declined to elaborate on Philip's condition or when the decision was made to operate, saying only that the queen's husband is expected to be in the London Clinic for up to two weeks and that further updates will be issued "when appropriate."

The London Clinic – a private hospital and longtime favorite for celebrities and royals in need of treatment – declined to comment.

Philip was driven by car to the hospital shortly after attending a Buckingham Palace garden party hosted by his wife. Footage from the party showed the queen's husband smiling and chatting with guests as he walked around the garden.

Prime Minister David Cameron sent Philip his best wishes via Twitter, writing that he hopes the queen's husband has a "swift recovery."

After pulling out of an event earlier this week because of illness, Philip later attended a service to mark the 60th anniversary of the queen's coronation.

Philip turns 92 on June 10. His health was in the spotlight last summer when he spent almost a week in the hospital after a recurrence of a bladder infection.

He also spent Christmas 2011 in the hospital being treated for a blocked coronary artery.

Along with the queen, Philip has cut back on lengthy overseas travel. Still, the royals maintain active public schedules inside Britain.

The queen is expected to carry out her scheduled engagements as planned on Friday, which include a visit to the new BBC studios in central London.


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