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Philip 'in good spirits' as hospital stay is extended

By Tony Jones

The Duke of Edinburgh has spent a second night in hospital being treated for an infection that forced him to miss the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot.

Philip was admitted to a private hospital in London on Tuesday evening as a precautionary measure, following the advice of a doctor, after becoming ill with an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.

There is likely to be concern for the Duke given his age of 96, but he was out of his hospital bed yesterday and a Palace spokesman said he was in "good spirits''.

The Prince of Wales said his father was "getting better" yesterday afternoon.

Charles took the place of his father and accompanied the Queen to Westminster for the State Opening.

Buckingham Palace would not go into details about Philip's condition or the type of infection, but his past history of a bladder infection could indicate his current problem.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said last night: "The Duke of Edinburgh continues to be in good spirits and will stay in hospital overnight tonight."

The Duke was at the Queen's side on Tuesday for the opening day of Royal Ascot and a source said he was on ''good form'' during the event.

He and the Queen were joined by many members of their family, including Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

He has enjoyed good health throughout much of his life, recovering from a blocked coronary artery in 2011 and a bladder infection in 2012.

The latter meant that he missed the majority of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and spent a period in hospital.

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