Duke of Edinburgh to spend fourth night away from Queen’s Norfolk home

The Duke of Edinburgh missed the Royal Family's annual Boxing Day shoot at Sandringham yesterday as he remained in hospital following a heart scare.

Prince Philip, 90, was admitted to Papworth Hospital, Cambridgeshire, on Friday night after complaining of chest pains.

He underwent treatment for a blocked coronary artery and was kept in hospital as a precaution.

The Duke had hoped to be discharged from hospital in time for yesterday's shoot, but was expected to remain in hospital for a fourth night.

Despite the setback, he was said to be in good spirits.


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A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: 'The Duke of Edinburgh continues to make good progress from the procedure. He remains in hospital under observation and in good spirits.'

Following tests, doctors discovered a blocked artery and he underwent a 'minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting', which was declared a success, but he has been kept in so doctors can keep a close eye on his recovery.

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This is the most serious health scare suffered by the Duke, who is known for being robust and active.

The Queen is being briefed on her husband's condition continually and no date for his discharge from hospital has been set.

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