Prince Philip admitted to hospital for hip operation

Prince Philip

Prince Philip is getting medical attention after experiencing some trouble with his hip. It is unknown at this time whether his ailments also kept him from attending his son Prince Andrew's ceremonial appointment as the Colonel of the Granadier Guards in March.

"The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last night, as a precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition", a Buckingham Palace spokesman said at the time.

Philip has missed several public events in recent weeks, including an Easter church service in Windsor.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital for planned surgery on his hip tomorrow, Buckingham Palace said. He was absent from the Easter Mattins Service at St George's Chapel where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will Wednesday in May. It said the hospital admission and surgery were planned.

Prince Philip won't be sleeping in his palace bed tonight. "Further updates will be issued when appropriate", the Palace shared. The Duke was also absent at last Thursday's Royal Maundy Service at Windsor Castle.

And earlier last month the duke did not attend an event with the Duke of York and Queen because he was reportedly "under the weather".

Philip, or the Duke of Edinburgh as he is known in Britain, retired from public life last August, quipping at the time that he was no longer able to "stand up much".

The 96-year-old is being cared for at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London.

The royal couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in November past year.