Prince Philip, 96, is hospitalized for surgery due to a health problem he has suffered for days

Prince Phillip's health raises concerns when he is hospitalized after missing public appearances.

Royal watchers were concerned when Prince Philip, 96, missed three public appearances in ten days. Though he has recently retired from public service, the Queen's Consort has on occasion accompanied her as she attends public events.

The very last event he missed was the traditional Easter Mattins Service held at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be tying the knot on the 19th of May. 

Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Philip has been admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London ahead of a planned hip-replacement surgery, probably due to a deterioration in his condition, reported Mail Online on the 3rd of April 2018.

Though this is now a routine and relatively risk-free medical procedure performed around the world on thousands of patients, the Prince's advanced age raises some concerns.

'His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow."

Official SPokesperson, Buckingham Palace, 3rd of May 2018.

A strong Police presence outside Edward VII Hospital in London confirmed that full security protocols were being deployed to guarantee the safety of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Phillip had already missed the Maundy service last Thursday, and a  scheduled appearance at Windsor Castle beside Her Majesty the week before. 

The Queen was accompanied by several members of the Royal Family, including the Duke and the radiant Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duke of Edinburgh had been quoted as saying he felt  'under the weather,' since he had canceled his presence at an official engagement alongside the Queen and the Duke of York on the 22nd of March 2018.

Orthopedic surgeon and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Scarlett McNally explained that although all operations may have complications and some patients are at greater risk, a person's fitness is more important than their chronological age. 

A team of anesthetists and physiotherapists will be on hand to see to it that the Prince has the very best care possible. Buckingham Palace has guaranteed that further updates will be issued as events unfold.

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