Prince Charles gave an update on his father, Prince Philip, on December 23. The Duke of Edinburgh was placed in the hospital on December 20 for “observation and treatment.” Philip, 98, was sent to the King Edward VII hospital in London the same day Queen Elizabeth made her annual trip via train to Norfolk before the upcoming Christmas holiday.
“He's being looked after very well in hospital. At the moment that's all we know,” Charles, 71, revealed during a visit to Yorkshire, England. When Philip will be discharged remains unclear.
"The Duke of Edinburgh (traveled) from Norfolk this morning to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition," Buckingham Palace said in a statement released on December 20, adding that "The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’ Doctor."
The palace also stated that Philip was not rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, and is expected to stay there for several days. According to reports, Philip “doesn’t want any fuss” over his illness and for the royal family to carry on with their Christmastime traditions. The Duke of Edinburgh’s last public appearance was in May 2019 at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle alongside his wife of 73 years.
The London hospital is hours away from Norfolk, where the royal family spends Christmas. Every year, after the pre-Christmas brunch party, Queen Elizabeth, 93, takes the train from London to King Lynn’s station in Norfolk. The brunch is the perfect opportunity for Her Royal Highness to catch up with extended family.
On December 21, photos were released by the royal family that showed four generations of the Royal family working together to make Christmas pudding to help launch the Royal British Legion's Together at Christmas initiative. Queen Elizabeth, along with Charles, Prince William, and George worked hard to make the delicious food.
On Christmas Day, she traditionally goes to church with her family at St. Mary Magdalene’s, and then they return to Sandringham House for a traditional Christmas meal.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and baby Archie will not be joining the royal family in Norfolk this year. Instead, the Sussexes will be in Toronto.