Prince Philip In Hospital As Royals Mark Christmas


Salon Staff
December 25, 2011 4:18PM (UTC)

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.

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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.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the church to catch a glimpse of the family got an early peek when the royals made a quick private visit to the church ahead of the services.

Less than two hours later, they were back — in different clothes — for the Christmas service.

The Queen arrived first — dressed in a lilac-colored coat and hat — in a royal limousine, leading the way into the church.

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, trailed behind.

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Prince Harry walked in with his brother William and new sister-in-law Catherine — now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Catherine, whose style is closely watched and sends dresses flying off the shelves, wore an eggplant colored coat and matching fascinator.

Among the other royals present was the queen's granddaughter, Zara Philips, who was joined by her new husband Mike Tindall.

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