Prince Philip Plans to Attend the Royal Christmas in Sandringham, Despite His Hospitalization

Prince Philip still plans to attend the royal family's Christmas celebration in Sandringham, in spite of his hospitalization in London Friday morning.

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Prince Philip (opens in new tab) doesn't plan to let a little thing like being hospitalized get in the way of his holiday plans (opens in new tab).

The 98-year-old royal (opens in new tab) caused a stir when he was admitted to a hospital in London Friday, but sources close to the palace insist there is no serious health scare.

"It was a planned admission. The Duke walked into the King Edward VII hospital unaided and the Queen went to Sandringham as planned," one aide told Vanity Fair (opens in new tab). "It is hoped that the Duke will be discharged within a few days."

The Queen, who traveled to the family's Sandringham Estate (opens in new tab) Friday, is reportedly being kept up-to-date on her husband's condition. But, if he's released as soon as the family hopes, then the Duke of Edinburgh (opens in new tab) will be able to attend the royal family's annual Christmas celebration as usual.

There has been no indication so far that the hospitalization was anything but routine.

"The Duke of Edinburgh travelled 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 brief statement about the move. "The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’ Doctor."

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