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Queen Elizabeth’s Husband Receives Stent for Blocked Artery

December 26, 2011

(Updates with family visits in fifth paragraph.)

Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, remains in a specialist heart hospital in eastern England after undergoing treatment for a blocked artery, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

Philip, 90, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, “has had a good night” after receiving a coronary stent, the Palace said in a statement today issued through the Press Association. He will remain in the hospital for observation, a separate palace statement dated yesterday and read by telephone, said.

Philip was staying at Sandringham in Norfolk, where the royal family regularly gathers to celebrate Christmas, when he was taken to Papworth cardiothoracic hospital for medical tests after suffering from chest pains.

“The Duke of Edinburgh was found to have a blocked artery which had caused his chest pains,” the palace said. “This was treated successfully by the minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting. Prince Philip will remain in hospital under observation for a short period.”

The Queen and her eldest son, Prince Charles, arrived separately at the hospital to visit Philip, the British Broadcasting Corp. said.

A coronary stent procedure involves pushing a balloon into the artery and blowing it up to remove the blockage. The stent is a metal sleeve fitted over the balloon, which remains inside the body when the balloon is removed. The patient is usually conscious during the procedure.

Engagements

The prince began to scale back his royal engagements when he turned 90 this year, though there has been no indication that his health has worsened. The queen, who is 85, will celebrate her 60th year on the British throne in 2012, when the royal couple is due to tour the U.K.

Papworth describes itself as the U.K.’s largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital and the country’s main heart and lung transplant center. The hospital is close to the university city of Cambridge.

In 2009, Philip became the U.K.’s longest-serving royal consort, surpassing the 57-year, 70-day record set by Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

The Queen and Prince Philip married on Nov. 20, 1947, in London’s Westminster Abbey. Charles is next in line to the throne, and they have three other children, Anne, Andrew and Edward.

The Queen is due to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee next year.

--With assistance from Thomas Penny and Mike Harrison in London. Editors: Kevin Costelloe, Anand Krishnamoorthy.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eddie Buckle in London at ebuckle@bloomberg.net; Stuart Biggs in Tokyo at sbiggs3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net


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