After a 45-minute visit with their grandfather at King Edward VII hospital in London today (June 8th), Prince William and younger brother Prince Harry left looking upbeat, a good sign that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is on the mend. William is on leave from his RAF search and rescues duties (he was just promoted to captain status), while Harry is in pre-deployment training, according to Victoria Arbiter.
The Duke was admitted to hospital last Monday (June 4th) for a bladder infection. According to the Telegraph, some are concerned that the Thames River Pageant on Sunday only made his ailment worse; Philip stood for four hours without access to a lavatory aboard the royal barge (inclement weather probably didn’t help the situation, either). However, Philip did go carriage driving (a passion of his) Monday morning, hours before an ambulance was called to Windsor Castle.
Doctors warned that Philip may not be released from hospital before the weekend, which means he’ll miss his 91st birthday celebration on Sunday. Buckingham Palace refused to confirm on when Philip will be discharged, nor did William and Harry say anything to the press on their way out, swiftly jumping into a silver Range Rover before being driven away.
The Duke is scheduled to join Queen Elizabeth at Sandringham on Tuesday for a garden party to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. The royal couple are also supposed to travel to the East Midlands for a two-day visit. The Queen visited her husband of sixty-four years on Wednesday (June 6th), accompanied by her youngest son, the Earl of Wessex and his family.
To mark the Duke’s birthday this weekend, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire a salute in Hyde Park, an annual event that is open to the public, the Ministry of Defense confirmed to the Telegraph.