Prince Philip undergoes procedure for heart condition

The Palace explained in a statement that: "The Duke of Edinburgh was today transferred from King Edward VII's Hospital to St Bartholomew's Hospital where doctors will continue to treat him for an infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition".

The 99-year-old will now remain in hospital for "treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days", the statement confirmed.

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Philip was was initially admitted to the private King Edward VII's Hospital on February 16 as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell, before being moved to St Bartholomew's on Monday. In 2011, he was rushed to a hospital by helicopter after suffering chest pains and was treated for a blocked coronary artery.

St Bartholomew's, or St Bart's as it is known, is renowned for its cardiovascular treatment, and its website states it has one of the UK's leading specialist cardiac centres, "offering state-of-the-art treatments for the full range of heart conditions".

While visiting a vaccination centre in London, she said he "hurts at moments", responding to a question from a volunteer there.

She said he was "slightly improving", before adding everyone was "keeping our fingers crossed".

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He has now spent 16 nights in hospital - his longest ever stay.

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Four days later he was visited by son Prince Charles, who made a 200-mile round trip from Highgrove and stayed 30 minutes. The palace has said the duke's illness is not Covid-related.

The duke and the Queen have been staying at Windsor Palace, just outside of London, during the pandemic, and both received their first COVID-19 vaccinations in early January.

The couple have been in virtual self-isolation at their Windsor Castle home west of London since the start of the coronavirus pandemic a year ago because of their age.

Prince Harry, who has been living in the USA for the past year, has reportedly been asked to rush back to the United Kingdom to be with his grandfather Prince Philip amid his hospitalisation.

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