Kate admitted to hospital with royal connections

The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to her old preparatory school, St Andrew's School in Pangbourne, Berkshire. Credit: PA

The expectant Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to London's King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes, which has a long association with royals.

  • Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother underwent treatment here many times, once to have a fish bone extracted from her throat in November 1982. She also had two hip-replacement operations here which were successful.

  • In 2001 the hospital operated on the Countess of Wessex, after she was diagnosed with a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy.

  • Princess Margaret, who had several strokes before she died in 2002 was also a patient here.

  • In 2003 the Queen had surgery at the hospital to extract a torn cartilage from her right knee, and “benign lesions” from her face.

  • The Prince of Wales had a hernia operation at the hospital in 2003.

  • In 2009 the Duchess of Cornwall had a hysterectomy here.

  • The Duke of Edinburgh spent five nights in the hospital with a bladder infection after the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in June 2012. He missed some of the celebrations for the Queen's 60 years on the throne after he was admitted to the hospital the day after the main event, when he stood on a barge for several hours in the rain.

The hospital was founded in 1899 by sisters, Agnes and Fanny Keyser, who converted their home in Grosvenor Crescent into a hospital for injured soldiers coming back from the Boer War.

King Edward VII was the hospital’s first ever patron.

The hospital moved to its current location in Beaumont Street in 1948 and was opened by Queen Mary.

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