The news that reaches us from across the Channel without reassuring. The state of health of Prince Philip, 99, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, hospitalized for two weeks, is “slightly improving”, declared Wednesday, March 3, 2021 his daughter-in-law Camilla during a visit to a vaccination center in London. Hospitalized on February 16 and treated for an infection, the prince was then transferred to another facility for heart examinations, raising fears of a deterioration in his condition. He “suffers at times,” added Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and wife of Crown Prince Charles, adding: “We keep our fingers crossed. “
Initially hospitalized at King Edward VII, Prince Philip, who is due to celebrate his 100th birthday next June, was transferred last Monday to another establishment, Saint-Bartholomew Hospital, “for tests and under observation linked to pre-existing heart problems, ”Buckingham Palace explained in a press release. St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, located near St. Paul’s Cathedral in central London, has the largest specialized cardiovascular service in Europe, the Barts Heart Center, its website said.
More than 22,000 public performances
Renowned for his strong character, but also for his blunders or jokes in bad taste, Prince Philip was hospitalized last month, as a “precaution” measure, after feeling ill. Buckingham Palace had specified a few days later that this hospitalization was due to an infection. Her son, Prince Charles, had visited her in the hospital. His grandson William had assured last week that the Duke of Edinburgh was fine and that the doctors “keep an eye on him”.
Prince Philip broke in 2009 the record for the longevity of the spouses of British monarchs held by Charlotte, wife of George III. He retired in August 2017, having participated in more than 22,000 official public engagements since his wife’s accession to the throne in 1952.
He has already been hospitalized several times since 2017, the most recent dating back to December 2019, for “pre-existing health problems”. In January 2019, he was in a spectacular car accident when his Land Rover crashed into another vehicle coming out of a driveway in Sandringham Estate and overturned. Unscathed, he had then given up driving. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, he has spent the last year largely confined with the Queen, who is 94, to Windsor Palace, with the exception of a summer stay at their Scottish Balmoral Castle.