Prince Philip In Hospital As Royals Mark Christmas

By Salon Staff

Published December 25, 2011 10:54AM (EST)

LONDON (AP) — Members of Britain's royal family gathered Sunday to celebrate Christmas with one notable absence — Queen Elizabeth II's husband, who remains hospitalized following a heart procedure.

Prince Philip is recovering from having a coronary stent put in after doctors determined that the heart pains that saw the 90-year-old hospitalized on Friday were caused by a blocked artery.

Buckingham Palace said "he's in good spirits" and family members will visit Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, in the hospital after lunch.

The palace has said the rest of the family's Christmas schedule will go ahead as planned — including attendance at a traditional morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the queen's sprawling estate in Norfolk.

Ahead of the service, the queen and her family made a private visit to the church. Elizabeth arrived by car and other royals — including Prince William and his new bride, Kate, who is participating in the royal Christmas for the first time — arrived on foot.

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