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Prince Philip taken to hospital after 'recurrence of bladder infection'

The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Photo: PA Wire

The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital with a recurrence of the bladder infection that he had in June, Buckingham Palace has said.

Prince Philip was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary while staying with the Queen at her retreat at Balmoral, a spokeswoman said.

A statement said:

The Duke of Edinburgh has had a recurrence of the bladder infection that he had in the summer and has been admitted to hospital for investigation and treatment.

His Royal Highness is likely to remain there for the next few days.

– Buckingham Palace statement

Earlier, it had been announced that Prince Philip had been taken to hospital by ambulance this afternoon as a "precautionary measure".

It is the Duke's third hospital visit in the past eight months.

ITV News Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart reports:

Before he was admitted to hospital, Prince Philip was photographed in Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Wednesday morning.

Michael Dunkason, who took the picture said: "The Duke had just come ashore on the Trinity House no.1 boat from the Galatea.

"He seemed to be spritely and in good form. He gave a farewell wave and his usual smile."

The Duke's latest hospital admission comes two-and-a-half months after he spent five nights in hospital with a bladder infection following the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames.

It forced him to miss several key events of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, including a star-studded concert outside Buckingham Palace.

Duke of Edinburgh outside King Edward VII Hospital on June 9. Credit: PA

The Duke of Edinburgh was also treated at Papworth Hospital, near Cambridge, after undergoing heart surgery to have a stent fitted last December.

Before the heart scare he had been fit and apparently healthy, and led the active life of a man of younger years.

In March, his grandson Prince Harry said the operation had given him "a new spurt of life".

The Duke of Edinburgh is driven from Papworth Hospital on December 27. Credit: PA Wire

Earlier this week, the Duke of Edinburgh was in the Isle of Wight for Cowes Week, a long-running regular regatta.

He also found time to visit a family-run factory in Newport.

Onlookers said the Duke had a spring in his step while walking round the factory and there were no signs of ill health.

Prince Philip also attended a garden party with the Queen at Balmoral Castle, earlier this month.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh pictured with the Earl and Countess of Wessex on the 7th August Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

He was also at the Queen's side during the opening ceremony of the Olympics Games on July 27 and the following day when they toured the Olympic Park.

Lord Sebastian Coe, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh watch a swimming session at the Olympic Games. Credit: Tony Marshall/PA Wire
The Duke of Edinburgh talks to Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, during a tour of the Athletes Village. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Dr Malcolm VandenBurg, a Harley Street specialist in general medicine and male health problems, has said there could be numerous causes for the recurrence of Prince Philip's bladder infection.

The consultant said there were three more likely causes: an enlargement of the prostate gland, cancer in the prostate or an infection in the actual prostate.

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