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Prince Philip, 98, Admitted To Hospital But Royals Remain Tight-Lipped About His Condition

Just days before Christmas, the Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital in London on the advice of his doctor.

The announcement came as the Queen arrived on Friday morning from London to Sandringham, where members of the royal family traditionally gather for Christmas.

Prince Philip travelled from the Queen's Sandringham Estate to the King Edward VII Hospital in London on Friday.

The Prince's admission to hospital is a "precautionary measure" in relation to a pre-existing condition, Buckingham Palace said. They would not elaborate on what the pre-existing condition.

Police Officers guard the entrance to King Edward VII Hospital where Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted in London, IMAGE: Getty Images

It was a planned admission and he was not taken by ambulance. Buckingham Palace would not elaborate on details about the pre-existing condition, or whether Philip was likely to undergo any surgical procedures while in hospital.

The 98-year-old duke retired from public life more than two years ago.

Prior to that he spent decades supporting the Queen and attending events for his own charities and organisations.

1947: Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. IMAGE: Getty Images

He has not been seen in public since attending Lady Gabriella Windsor's wedding in May.

The duke missed the royal Christmas celebrations in 2011 because he was recovering from emergency surgery after suffering from a blocked artery.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh ,  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wait for the carriage carrying Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank to pass in 2018. IMAGE: 2018.

He was hospitalised again in 2017 after becoming ill with an infection linked to his pre-existing heart condition.

In April 2018 he underwent a hip replacement.

The duke is expected to remain in hospital for a few days.