Prince Philip 'desperately upset' to miss Jubilee celebrations as he is ordered to stay in hospital 'for a few days'
Prince Edward says the Duke is 'getting better' as he visits him in hospital with his wife Sophie
Duke of Edinburgh 'desperately upset' to miss the service of thanksgiving today, royal sources sayHe will stay for a few days in hospital as 'precautionary measure' after contracting bladder infectionQueen will be accompanied by lady in waiting in her car during procession through London laterShe will make an unprecedented public address to mark her Diamond Jubilee at 6pm tonight
Questions asked as to why the 90-year-old was allowed to stand in the rain for four hours at Thames River Pageant
Her Majesty will not visit him at King Edward VII hospital in London but will be kept informed of his progress
14:54 GMT, 5 June 2012
Prince Philip will stay in hospital 'for a few days' recovering from a bladder infection after being forced to miss the special Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving service and last night's spectacular Buckingham Palace concert.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who will be 91 on Sunday, was 'desperately upset' to be forced to miss the remaining Diamond Jubilee celebrations, royal sources said. He is being treated at the King Edward VII Hospital near Paddington, London, today after being taken there yesterday afternoon with a urinary tract infection.
This afternoon Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex visited the Duke in hospital, bringing their children Louise and James with them.
After visiting the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital today, his youngest son the Earl of Wessex said: 'He's getting better.' The Countess of Wessex added: 'He's in good spirits, he's on good form.'
The Queen has continued with her public Jubilee duties stoically despite her husband's ill health but is being regularly updated on his condition.
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Royal visit: Prince Edward and his wife Sophie visit the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital near Paddington, London, this afternoon
Royal address: Prince Charles delivers the final speech last night as the Queen, far left, the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Dame
Shirley Bassey, Kylie Minogue and Sir Cliff Richard listen
She was accompanied in her official
car by one of her ladies in waiting today and is this afternoon
attending a lunch in Westminster Hall without her husband at her side.
Last night the Monarch was visibly
moved as Prince Charles joked that the Duke of Edinburgh might hear the
Jubilee concert from his bed if the crowd shouted loud enough.
In a warm, emotional and often witty
speech in praise of his mother at the close of last night’s concert,
that appeared to make her lip quiver more than once, the
Prince of Wales said it was sad that the Duke of Edinburgh could not be
at the event after being taken unwell.
He said: ‘The only sad thing about tonight is that my father cannot be here with us because, unfortunately, he’s been taken unwell.’
he added to tumultuous applause from the audience outside Buckingham
Palace: 'If you should loud enough, he might just hear us in hospital'.
Poignant: The Queen, accompanied by Prince Philip for the River Pageant on Sunday, was on her own last night for the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace after he was taken to hospital suffering from a bladder infection
Without the Duke: The Queen arrives for the Diamond Jubilee Concert last night without her husband Prince Philip who was earlier rushed to hospital. She was sat next to her son, Prince Charles
Prince Philip was taken in an ambulance from Windsor Castle after suffering abdominal pains. The royal couple had been resting
following Sunday’s gruelling four-hour Thames pageant.
Tonight the Queen will make a special address at 6pm to say thank you for the weekend of Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The two-minute speech, filmed in
the Presence Room in Buckingham Palace last night, does not make
reference to her husband's illness because she wanted to focus on the
Broadcasts other than the traditional
annual Christmas message are rare – though the Queen did address the
nation on the Gulf War in February 1991.
And in 1997 she broadcast live to the nation in tribute to the Princess of Wales.
The television and radio broadcast
was transmitted from the balcony at Buckingham Palace overlooking the
crowds gathered to pay their respects to Diana.
While the Queen carries on with the planned celebrations, the Duke is at the King Edward VII Hospital in London where he has been
diagnosed with a bladder infection.
Buckingham Palace said the Duke, who underwent minor heart surgery at Christmas. he would
remain under the care of doctors for several days as a ‘precautionary’
‘He is, understandably, disappointed
about missing this evening’s Diamond Jubilee Concert and tomorrow’s
engagements,’ a spokesman said.
The Queen, who was by her husband’s
side when he left the castle, is being kept informed of his condition
but has no plans to visit him in hospital.
The Queen waves to the crowd while on stage outside Buckingham Palace during at the end of the Diamond Jubilee Concert
A CONDITION BROUGHT ON BY SHARP PAIN THAT CAN BE SEVERE IN THE ELDERY
Bladder infections are much more common in women than men, but millions of men are afflicted.
They usually develop quickly and can be serious, even life-threatening, without prompt treatment.
The most common triggers include dehydration, poor immune system or an underlying medical problem such as enlarged prostate – which affects the vast majority of men in their 80s and older – bladder or kidney problems.
Symptoms include the frequent need to go to the lavatory, fever, and sometimes blood in the urine.
Diagnosis of a urinary tract infection (UTI) – the medical term – is normally confirmed by a simple urine test. Antibiotics are the first line of treatment and usually work within five to seven days for younger patients.
However, if the infection is causing severe pain and the patient is elderly, hospital treatment may be prudent so that intravenous antibiotics can be administered.
Scans may be necessary and if the patient develops antibiotic resistance – an increasing issue in hospitals – the drugs can be changed to something more powerful.
UTIs may cause someone to feel unwell or create a sense of confusion and disorientation, which can be alarming when the sufferer is elderly.
This is usually resolved as the antibiotics start working, but every precaution will be taken when the patient is elderly.
The actual cause is bacteria within the patient’s body, which gets from its normal home in the bowel to the bladder which becomes infected.
The infection may stay in the bladder or, more seriously, travel back to the kidneys.
Dr Ian Banks, president of the Men’s Health Forum, said: ‘Prompt treatment should restore the Duke to health soon.’
With her husband’s blessing, she
immediately reassured her aides that the rest of the planned Jubilee
events, including today’s service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral
followed by a carriage procession through London and a flypast over
Buckingham Palace, would go ahead as planned.
Last night members of the Royal Family poignantly left the Duke’s seat in the Royal Box at Buckingham Palace empty.
The Queen was notably absent from the
beginning of the concert, organised by Take That star Gary Barlow, but
arrived half-way through, wearing a black cloak over a gold dress, in
time for Robbie Williams’s second number, a rendition of Mack The Knife.
While the Duke’s condition is not
believed to be serious, doctors will not be taking any chances, given
his advancing years, because bladder infections in the elderly can get
worse very quickly if not treated promptly.
Questions are likely to be asked
whether it was wise to allow the Duke, who had a stent inserted in his
heart less than six months ago, to take part in Sunday’s Diamond Jubilee
Pageant, standing in the rain for four hours.
It is understood that staff at
ambulance control in Berkshire received a call from Windsor Castle
shortly after 2pm reporting that Prince Philip was feeling unwell.
The medical crew used a chair to help him into the ambulance.
Despite his advancing years the
Queen’s husband has largely enjoyed good health and most of his past
ailments have been sports-related. Before undergoing heart surgery at
Christmas his most recent previous illness was a cold in October last
year which forced him to pull out of an overnight stay in Italy.
One of his most serious bouts of ill
health came in 2008 when he was admitted to hospital in London with a
chronic chest infection.
The Duke’s absence from the rest of the Diamond Jubilee events will come as a terrible blow to his wife of 64 years.
Although she is, ostensibly, the ‘senior partner’ in their relationship, she relies on her husband ‘utterly’.
‘It may be a clich but he truly is the power behind the throne,’ said a source.
Earlier this year the Duke, who is
linked to more than 800 organisations, announced plans to scale back on
all but his most important patronages, in the first nod he has given to
But he still carries out more than 350 engagements a year, making him one of the hardest-working members of the Royal Family.
In an interview with the BBC to mark his 90th birthday, the outspoken Duke admitted he was reducing his workload.
‘I reckon I’ve done my bit, I want to enjoy myself for a bit now,’ he said.
‘With less responsibility, less rushing about, less preparation, less trying to think of something to say.
‘On top of that your memory’s going, I can’t remember names. Yes, I’m just sort of winding down.’
Pop royalty had put on a dazzling show
for the Queen, thousands of flag-waving fans in the Mall and millions
around the world at the concert.
Majesty refused to let the star-studded Diamond Jubilee tribute gig be
overshadowed by the poor health of Prince Philip, who had been taken to
hospital with a bladder infection.
She arrived for the event at 9pm, an hour and a half after it had begun, but she came prepared with a rug and some ear plugs.
She joined the Prince of Wales, the
Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
in the royal box in time to see Robbie Williams perform a special
version of Mack The Knife.
is being treated at the Edward VII Hospital in central London and will
be kept in for observation for a few days, Buckingham Palace said.
The sun came out at last for the concert, shining down over thousands of flag-waving fans lining the Mall.
After a very grey and unpromising day a rainbow appeared and blue skies rewarded the loyal crowd’s patience.
The Victoria Memorial is silhouetted by the fireworks at the end of the Diamond Jubilee concert
As the evening wore on, the giant screens stood out along the Mall
Sir Paul McCartney, who was closing the concert with three songs, wished the Duke well, saying: “We all send our best wishes for a speedy recovery. I hear he’s not too bad.”
Take That star Robbie Williams opened the show by belting out one of his biggest hits, the aptly-named Let Me Entertain You.
Performers from the present generation also appeared on stage – Will.i.am Jessie J, JLS and Ed Sheeran.
But it was the veterans Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones who got the crowds on their feet with renditions of classic songs from their repertoire.
Organisers said days before the concert that the Queen would take her seat at around 9pm.
She arrived wearing a stunning cocktail dress of gold lame designed by Angela Kelly under a dark cape.
The dress had sweeping trimmings of antique gold lace and deep olive, and was adorned with Swarovski crystals.
Annie Lennox sings There Must Be An Angel with a photo of Prince Philip in the background, and Sir Tom Jones performs
The concert was staged outside Buckingham Palace and so many people were attracted to nearby St James’s Park and the Mall, where they could watch performers on big screens, that police officers declared the areas full just before 9pm, and directed others to Hyde Park.
In the royal box were the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and many other royals enjoying a musical night in honour of the Queen.
Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha also sat near the royals and at one point were spotted chatting to Zara Phillips and her rugby-playing husband Mike Tindall.
Celebrities included Brian May, who famously played the national anthem on the palace’s roof during the 2002 Golden Jubilee concert, television presenters Floella Benjamin and Kirstie Allsopp, and ex-Bond Girl Barbara Bach who is married to former Beatle Ringo Starr.
Many of the hosts of the show, who included Lenny Henry and Jimmy Carr, poked fun at the royals.
A Right royal celebration: Sir Paul McCartney, left, and Sir Elton John, right, perform during the Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace last night
But Rob Brydon got one of the biggest laughs from the crowds when he said: ‘Sixty years of reign. Sounds like a Welsh summer.’
He turned on the royals massed in their box, saying: ‘I’m delighted to say we have the Royal Family joining us this evening over in the royal box.’
Charles and the Duke of York acknowledged the comment by waving Union flags, then the comic said: ‘Now those are good seats, they are very good seats, I hope you didn’t use a tout – because that’s just spoiling it for the rest of us.’
One of the most bizarre performances of the night came as style queen Grace Jones performed her entire hit Slave To the Rhythm with a hula hoop, without it slipping.
Kylie arrived on stage dressed as a Pearly Queen, wearing a romper-style black shorts suit adorned with mother of pearl buttons.
She completed the look with a black jacket that had a crown design in buttons on the back, and a peak cap.
The Australian singer sang a medley of her dance tunes and was loudly cheered and whistled.
During the performance the Queen was spotted with yellow ear-plugs in her ears.
Fans watch the concert and the big screens lining the Mall. Cliff Richard performs a medley of his hits
Sir Elton John’s Crocodile Rock was one of the biggest tunes of the night, with all the crowds joining in with the chorus, whose words ‘La, la, la, la, la’ were projected on to the Palace.
William, Harry and Beatrice were spotted singing along and dancing in their seats to the Seventies tune.
Sir Elton was recently treated in hospital in America for a chest infection and told the Queen from the stage that he was “honoured” to play for her.
Stevie Wonder told the
Queen: ‘This is for you, to celebrate your Jubilee, so honoured to be
here. I love you and God bless you’
At one point images from the Queen’s 60-year reign were projected on to the palace as the BBC Concert Orchestra played U2’s Beautiful Day.
Stevie Wonder was given a big cheer when he came on stage and before starting to sing Sir Duke, he told the Queen: ‘This is for you, to celebrate your Jubilee, so honoured to be here. I love you and God bless you.’
He then played another of his big hits, Isn’t She Lovely, before he was joined on stage by Will.i.am for a rendition of his tribute song to Martin Luther King – Happy Birthday.
But it was the song Superstition that got the crowds dancing and the veteran singer even added a new lyric: ‘We’re celebrating, the Diamond Jubilee.’
The focus shifted to the palace as Alfie Boe and Renee Fleming duetted on There's A Place For Us from a balcony on the front of the building.
Sir Elton John sounded as thought he was battling through his performance just days after fighting back from pneumonia. The star, wearing a fuchsia sequinned tailcoat, warned earlier that his lungs were still delicate.
'I'm back to fighting fit. It's the lungs – my voice is no problem,' he said prior to the show.
A riot of colour: Fireworks over Buckingham Palace mark the end of the Diamond Jubilee Concert at the Mall last night
Celebration: Fireworks illuminate the Queen Victoria monument outside Buckingham Palace last night at the end of last night's spectacular concert
The chart veteran's set included hits such as I'm Still Standing and Your Song from his 40-years-plus career. And for Crocodile Rock the Palace was bathed with the words “La la la” to encourage the crowd to sing along.
Rolf Harris sent a message from the stage wishing the Queen 'a happy, healthy and long reign – and, from the heart, we hope that today has been a beautiful day'.
Rolf Harris sent a message from the
stage wishing the Queen 'a happy, healthy and long reign – and, from the
heart, we hope that today has been a beautiful day'
Rolf bravely led a singalong of Two Little Boys alone, but suffered an “Adele” moment when he was cut off in his prime by Lenny Henry, who told him it was time for the next act. But Harris rounded it off by completing the last line.
Stevie Wonder warmed up the crowd with his hits Sir Duke and Isn't She Lovely, but it was Happy Birthday they wanted to hear. He was joined on stage by Will.i.am for the track, which was originally written to honour Martin Luther King, but seemed apt for the royal celebration.
Madness upped the ante to echo Brian May's performance 10 years ago by similarly playing on the roof of the palace.
The band opened with their 1982 hit Our House, which coincidentally featured the palace in the video to the song, before playing It Must Be Love.
The royals all stood for the final act, Sir Paul McCartney, who started off with a Beatles favourite Magical Mystery Tour.
In the Mall the crowds waved their union flags along to another Fab Four tune All My Loving and the legendary singer ended with Let It Be played from a piano.
The mood changed when he went into a rendition of the James Bond theme Live And Let Die and the atmosphere built until an dazzling fireworks display went off around the stage followed by one in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
As he ended with Obladi Oblada he was joined on stage by all the acts from the night.
Hours before the start of last night’s
concert at Buckingham Palace, Prince Philip was taken by ambulance from
Windsor Castle, where the royal couple had been resting following
Sunday’s gruelling four-hour Thames pageant, after suffering abdominal
The Duke, who will
celebrate his 91st birthday on Sunday and underwent minor heart surgery
at Christmas, is now at the King Edward VII Hospital in London where he
has been diagnosed with a bladder infection.
Buckingham Palace said he would remain under the care of doctors for several days as a ‘precautionary’ measure.
‘He is, understandably, disappointed about missing this evening’s Diamond Jubilee Concert and tomorrow’s engagements,’ a spokesman said.
The Queen, who was by her husband’s side when he left the castle, is being kept informed of his condition but has no plans to visit him in hospital.
And, with her husband’s blessing, she immediately reassured her aides that the rest of the planned Jubilee events, including today’s service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by a carriage procession through London and a flypast over Buckingham Palace, would go ahead as planned.
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