Prince Philip Recovering After Emergency Surgery

26 Dec 2011

Prince Philip was airlifted to hospital after complaining of chest pains

It was a dramatic Christmas weekend for the Royal Family
after Prince, Philip Queen Elizabeth II's 90-year-old husband, was airlifted by
helicopter from Sandringham Palace to Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire,
England on Friday night (22 December) after complaining of chest pains.

The Duke of Edinburgh is now recovering in hospital after
he underwent emergency surgery to treat a blocked coronary artery. He was
fitted with a coronary stent during the "minimally invasive"

The Queen, 85, visited the Duke in hospital early on Christmas
Eve, accompanied by their daughter Princess Anne, and sons Princes Edward and

Later, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess
of Cornwall, arrived at Papworth Hospital for a separate visit.

Buckingham Palace spokeswoman Ailsa Anderson said,
"The Duke of Edinburgh had a good night and is in good spirits but he is
eager to leave.”

Despite Prince Philip's illness, Christmas church service went ahead as
planned for the Royal Family on 25 December. They gathered to celebrate the festive holiday at Sandringham
Palace, where they attended a service at St. Mary Magdalene Church.

Prince Philip, who traditionally leads the Sandringham
shoot on Boxing Day (26 December), is expected to remain under doctors' care
over the Christmas weekend.

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