Prince Philip, 98, in London hospital for treatment days before Christmas

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PRINCE Philip, 98, is in hospital for treatment for a “pre-existing condition”, Buckingham Palace has said.

It was confirmed today the Duke of Edinburgh is in the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation.

Philip is in hospital for treatment and observation, the palace said today

The Queen journeyed up to Sandringham today ahead of Christmas

He travelled down from Norfolk – where he spends most of his time – as the Queen made her journey up to Sandringham today.

Members of the royal family have started to arrive at the Norfolk estate for Christmas, as is tradition.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace added: “The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’ Doctor.”

An ITV reported tweeted Philip “walked into the hospital”, after it was announced he is expected to be in hospital for a few days.

He was not taken by ambulance and it was a planned admission.

In April 2018 he was admitted to hospital for a planned hip operation.

He had missed several public events in the previous weeks, including an Easter church service in Windsor.

Ten days after his successful surgery, his daughterPrincess Annevisited him in hospital, with theQueenrevealing that he was “getting on very well” as he learned to walk again.

Prince Philip pictured on the Balmoral estate on August 23

The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry chatting at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston in May

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