Britain's Prince Philip had 'good night' in hospital: palace

24th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Prince Philip, the husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, "had a good night" in hospital after heart surgery and family members will visit him Saturday, Buckingham Palace said.

"The Duke of Edinburgh had a good night. There will be some members of the family visiting him this morning in hospital," a spokeswoman for the palace told AFP.

The 90-year-old had successful surgery on Friday for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth hospital in Cambridge, eastern England.

He was rushed there by helicopter from the queen's country estate at Sandringham, where the royal family celebrates Christmas, after he suffered chest pains.

In a separate statement late Friday, the palace said he underwent an "invasive procedure of coronary stenting".

The procedure involves inserting a tube-like device called a stent into the blocked artery to open it up and help restore a healthy blood flow.

The palace said Philip "will remain in hospital under observation for a short period."

The medical emergency came as royals were gathering at the 60-acre (24-hectare) estate in Norfolk, where Prince William's wife Catherine is spending her first Christmas as a member of the royal family.

The queen and her husband traditionally spend Christmas Day morning at St Mary Magdalene Church on the royal estate and greet well-wishers on their way to and from the service.

Greek-born Prince Philip -- who has been married to Queen Elizabeth for 64 years and is Britain's longest-serving consort -- is well-known for his tireless spirit as well as his outspoken views.

He joined his wife on an 11-day tour of Australia in October but has recently suffered occasional bouts of poor health and pulled out of a trip to Italy in October nursing a cold.

In 2012 the queen is due to mark her diamond jubilee celebrating 60 years on the British throne, but while other royals are scheduled to tour the globe next year, she and Philip are set to stay in Britain.

© 2011 AFP

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