LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday as a precautionary measure after feeling ill with a disease not related to COVID-19

The prince, whose official title is the Duke of Edinburgh, entered the private King Edward VII Hospital in London unassisted after feeling uncomfortable for a brief period, a royal source said

The 94-year-old Queen is staying at Windsor Castle near London, where the two stayed during the UK’s coronavirus pandemic, and both received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in January

“The Duke’s admission is a precautionary measure on the advice of His Royal Highness Doctor after he has felt unwell,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement

“The Duke is expected to stay in the hospital for a few days to be watched and rested”

A royal source said Philip did not have COVID-19 disease and it was not an emergency

Within an hour of his arrival, camera crews and photographers from Great Britain, Australia, France and Germany had gathered in front of the hospital where police officers were standing guard

“I am really sorry to hear that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh is in hospital,” said British Health Secretary Matt Hancock. “I send him my best wishes for a speedy recovery”

Philip, a former naval officer known for his sometimes brusque manner and humor, married Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became queen. He is now by far the longest serving consort of any British monarch

The couple’s marriage, the sooner-than-expected heir to the British throne, and family life with four children have all been recorded in recent years by the Netflix drama The Crown

Philip is rarely seen in public today.He stepped down from official engagements in August 2017 after serving more than 22 yearsHad completed 000 solo events and thousands more alongside the Queen

During the pandemic, the Royal Family visited hospitals and frontline workers online or in person to thank them for their efforts Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, visited staff at a Birmingham hospital on Wednesday

The Royal Family has also been on the news in the past few days after Philip’s grandson Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan announced they were expecting their second child and that they’d agreed to a seated interview with Oprah Winfrey

Among other things, they will discuss why the couple left the royal family to spend more time in America last year

Greek-born Philip has had multiple hospitalizations over the past decade, including treatment for an infection in 2017 and a hip replacement surgery that had previously been hospitalized in late 2019

The Duke turns 100 in June. The tabloids have reported that he does not want any public excitement

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